Makeba Alcide is Athlete of the Year

Makeba Alcide is Athlete of the Year

FAYETTEVILLE – In advance of competition at this week’s national meet in Eugene, Oregon, University of Arkansas Razorback senior Makeba Alcide was named South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year, as released Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Alcide, a native of Castries, Saint Lucia, enters the NCAA Championships as the national leader in the heptathlon and the No. 2 performer in the high jump.

The St. Joseph’s Convent alummna won her second Southeastern Conference (SEC) title in the heptathlon in May with a school-record score of 5,968 points, also a Saint Lucia and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States record. During the two-day, seven-event competition, she broke the SEC Championships meet record with a clearance of 1.88m/6-2 in the high jump.

The No. 7 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will complete its 2013 season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships beginning Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

The Razorbacks have 11 national entries spread among nine events, nine athletes and one relay. In addition to Alcide, Arkansas will be represented at the NCAA meet by Regina Goerge (400m), Stephanie Brown (1500m), Flowers (400m hurdles), Kirsten Hesseltine (high jump), Grace Heymsfield (3000m steeplechase), McKnight (400m hurdles), Tamara Myers (triple jump), Semehar Tesfaye (10,000m) and the team’s 4x400m relay.

The Razorbacks’ 11 scoring opportunities are the fifth-largest haul in the country.

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