FAYETTEVILLE – For her efforts during the 2013 outdoor season, including a victory at the SEC Championships last weekend, Saint Lucian native and University of Arkansas student-athlete Makeba Alcide has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Field Athlete of the Year.
With Friday’s release, the Razorback senior sweeps the conference’s indoor and outdoor accolades. Alcide is the third woman in programme history to win the conference’s outdoor field-event honor.
“If you have to have someone lay down the example and get momentum going in a positive direction, (Makeba) does a fantastic job,” said Arkansas head coach, Lance Harter. “Conditions were less than ideal. It was cold and windy. She rose up and answered the challenge all the way through, missing the championship record by a point. What made it even more special was that she got the standard for the World Championships that are in Moscow this summer. I think she has everything in place to go into the national championships on a real positive note.”
The 23-year-old Alcide established an NCAA-leading and school-record score of 5,968 points in winning the heptathlon at the conference meet last weekend in Columbia, Missouri. The win was the second of her career, having won the event for the first time in 2011.
During the two-day, seven-event competition, Alcide posted three personal bests, two national records and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States records, and broke the SEC Championships meet record in the high jump with a 1.88m/6-2 clearance.
The St Joseph’s Convent alumna broke the school record in the heptathlon previously set at 5,925 points by GiGi (Miller) Johnson during the 2001 season. At the conference meet, Alcide also established heptathlon event school records in the high jump and 800m, and posted the best first-day score (3,756 points) in school history. Her overall score was just one point shy of the 22-year-old SEC Championships meet record.
With her most recent outing, Alcide extended her NCAA lead in the event. She entered the SEC meet with a season-best 5,882 points from the John McDonnell Combined Events in early April.
Alcide will be the top-seeded athlete in the heptathlon field at next month’s NCAA Championships. Coupled with her back-to-back conference titles in the Pentathlon, Alcide is now a four-time SEC champion.
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