SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (February 4, 2014)
Men’s Runner of the Week: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M
• Deon Lendore won the 400m in a world-leading 45.47 at the Razorback Invitational topping a field that included Florida's Arman Hall (45.63), Florida State's James Harris (46.20), Aldrich Bailey, Jr. of Texas A&M (46.25), Neil Braddy of Arkansas (46.46), Florida State's Michael Cherry (46.57) and Florida's Hugh Graham, Jr. (46.57).
• Lendore lowered his previous 2014 world-leading time from 45.74 as he and Hall remained the top two sprinters on the 400m list this indoor season. The top four finishers in the race produced four of the top six times in the world on a banked 200m track so far in this indoor campaign.
• In the 4x400 relay Lendore anchored the Aggies effort with a split of 44.57 as A&M finished third in 3:05.06 just behind Florida's world-leading 3:04.46 and runner-up Arkansas' 3:05.02.
• Last season Lendore produced one of the best splits ever indoors with a 44.50 as the Aggies broke the SEC meet record with a 3:04.18. His 44.57 this past weekend ranks fourth all-time among relay splits set by collegians or professionals indoors.
• The USTFCCCA Men’s National Athlete of the Week for Feb. 3.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Kevin Lazas, Arkansas
• Helped the Razorbacks take down six of the nation’s top-ranked teams over the weekend at the Razorback Invitational.
• On his way to a collegiate-leading score in the heptathlon, NCAA defending champion Lazas began Saturday with a 60-meter hurdle victory with a time of 8.43 with his sight on a first-place finish.
• He went on for a 16-10.75 clearance in the pole vault to give the senior a comfortable lead.
• In the final section of the heptathlon, Lazas secured his event title in the 1,000-meter run with 2:45.58.
• With 5,923 points, Lazas currently is leading the NCAA in the heptathlon.
Men’s Freshman of the Week: Nick Uruburu, Florida
• Fastest freshman finisher in the 200m at the Razorback Invitational with a new season-best mark of 21.53. Is the fifth-fastest freshman in the SEC in the event and the fastest freshman to run the mark in the last week of competition.
• The second-fastest freshman finisher in the 400m at the Razorback Invite, clocking a new season-best mark (47.16), the fastest for a first-year athlete in the league and also the ninth-best time in the SEC so far. Is also the sixth-best mark in the country for a freshman this year in the 400m.
• Ran the third leg of UF’s world-leading 4x400-meter relay that notched a 3:04.46, the fourth-fastest time in school history.
Women’s Runner of the Week: Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M
• Kamaria Brown ran her first 400m of the indoor season and produced a time of 52.71 to defeat a quality field that included Florida's Ebony Eutsey (53.56), Florida State's Sage Watson (53.85) and Arkansas' Chrishuna Williams (54.87).
• On Saturday Brown had the fourth fastest time in the world on banked 200m tracks and moved to eighth following international races on Sunday. Brown continues to hold the top 200m time in the world with a 22.96.
• Later in the meet Brown produced a split of 51.69 as she moved Texas A&M from fourth to first in the 4x400 on the second leg. The Aggies won the race in a world-leading 3:31.07, third fastest ever at A&M, over Florida (3:31.52), Arkansas (3:35.46) and Florida State (3:43.55).
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Ciarra Brewer, Florida
• Turned in a nation-leading 13.55m/44-5.5 to take the triple jump title at the Razorback Invitational, a new season-best mark, while contributing 10 points to the Gators’ overall meet total.
• Ranks first in the event in the SEC and NCAA so far this season.
Women’s Freshman of the Week: Skylar Ross-Ransom, Florida
• Won the 60mH at the Razorback Invitational with a career‐best 8.28
• Her mark (8.28) was the third‐fastest mark in Florida history in the event
• Owns the fastest time in the SEC for a freshman in the race – is seventh overall
• Is the second‐fastest freshman in the country in the event this season and ran the fastest mark in the country for a freshman in the 60mH this week