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    Alcide takes NCAA lead with heptathlon win

    5:45 PM, Apr 8, 2013   |    comments
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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Competing for the second time in as many weeks, University of Arkansas senior Makeba Alcide scored a personal-best 5,882 points to win the heptathlon Monday at the John McDonnell Combined Events in Fayetteville. With her two-day performance, Alcide takes the NCAA lead in the event and moves into second place on the Arkansas career list.
    Alcide's score of 5,882 points is the top mark in the NCAA this season, replacing the total of 5,791 points scored last weekend by Keia Pinnick of Arizona State at the Jim Click Combined Events in Tucson, Ariz. With her effort, Alcide also added more than 200 points to her previous lifetime best of 5,646 points which she scored in winning the 2011 SEC Championships. Alcide finished just 43 points off the school record of 5,925 set by Gi-Gi Miller during the 2001 season.
    In the first event of the day, Alcide added 741 points to her day-one total. On her second attempt of the long jump competition, she had a day's best measure of 5.64m/18-6. She went on to have a season-best toss of 34.03m/111-8 in the javelin for a score of 553 points. Through six events and heading into the final event of the competition, Alcide held a 34-point lead over Tanya Friesen of Wichita State.
    Alcide wrapped up the overall win with a time of 2:17.35 at 800 meters. She finished more than five seconds ahead of the second-place runner in the field. Her time was worth 860 points to her overall total. Over the course of the two days, Alcide won four of the seven events with first-place results in the 200 meters, 800 meters, high jump and shot put.
    On day one of the heptathlon competition Monday, Alcide broke the school record in the high jump with a final clearance of 1.88m/6-2. She replaced the 10-year-old mark of 6-1.25 set by Jessica Johnson in 2003. Alcide also had the highest day-one score in program history, posting 3,728 points over the first four events. Miller had the old mark of 3,720 points in 2001.
    The Razorbacks will return to their home track next weekend for the John McDonnell Invitational, a scored event on Saturday. Field events are slated for a 9 a.m. (CT) start with running events beginning at 5 p.m. In addition to Arkansas, the meet is also scheduled to feature Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Tulsa.
    For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team's sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Monday Results
    Heptathlon (Final)
    1. Makeba Alcide - 5,882 points [PR - prev: 5,646]
    4. Long Jump - 5.64m/18-6 (+2.9) [741]
    3. Javelin - 34.03m/111-7 [553]
    1. 800 Meters - 2:17.35 [860]

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