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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Nathanael Franks and Makeba Alcide each earned a spot on the 2013 SEC Community Service Team for cross country and track and field.

For his work on the University of Arkansas campus and within the Northwest Arkansas community, Nathanael Franks has earned a spot on the 2013 SEC Community Service Team for cross country and track and field. Franks is a redshirt sophomore multi-event competitor for the No. 5 University of Arkansas men's track and field team.

Franks serves as a core leader of the International Culture Team, an on-campus outreach effort to international students and is involved in the Recess organization which offers one-on-one mentoring of children with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas. He has volunteered at Hispanic Heritage Festival, Indian Independence Day and Chinese Moon Festival events. Franks has also taken part in Arkansas' Make a Difference Day.

The Damascus, Ore., native is the recipient of the 2013 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup. Franks is a founding father of the Fayetteville chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In the classroom, he completed his undergraduate studies in 2.5 years with degrees in chemistry and physics and qualified as a Fulbright Senior Scholar with a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average. Franks added an SEC title to his credit as the 400-meter leg of the Razorbacks' winning distance-medley relay at the SEC Indoor Championships in February.
Arkansas' championship season begins Thursday with the SEC Outdoor Championships. The conference meet is scheduled for competition May 9-12 at Audrey J. Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo.

In recognition of her work away from the track and outreach efforts on campus and in the community, Makeba Alcide has been named to the 2013 SEC Community Service Team. Alcide is a senior multi-event competitor for the No. 6 University of Arkansas women's track and field team.

Alcide is a participant in Arkansas' Reading with the Razorbacks and Sweat Hawgs outreach programs to local elementary schools and was involved in Komen Foundation promotion during Chile Pepper Festival. She helped with donating efforts during Harp's Canned Food Drive and collecting shampoo and soap for 7Hills Homeless Center in Fayetteville.

With other Razorback student-athletes, Alcide was part of Adopt-a-Street program to clean up Stadium Drive. The Castries, St. Lucia, native has also volunteered at Special Olympic events and local youth track competitions and served as a volunteer official at 2012 Chile Pepper Festival and 2013 Arkansas High School Meet.

At the Hogspy Awards in April, Alcide was named Arkansas' Female Student-Athlete of the Year. On the track, she is a three-time SEC champion and the NCAA-record holder in the pentathlon. Alcide is also the school-record holder in pentathlon and indoor and outdoor high jump.

The Razorback men's track and field team is the two-time defending outdoor champions and have won 17 SEC outdoor titles in the program's history. Dating back to the 2011 outdoor meet, Arkansas has won six consecutive SEC competitions. The Razorback women's track and field team won the SEC Indoor Championships in February and have won three SEC Outdoor Championships (2000-01, 2004) in the program history. Last year, Arkansas finished third at the outdoor conference meet.

Arkansas' championship season begins Thursday with the SEC Outdoor Championships. The conference meet is scheduled for competition May 9-12 at Audrey J. Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo.
The 2013 SEC Championships will be streamed live by ESPN3 on Saturday, May 11 from 3:40-6:45 p.m. (CT), and Sunday, May 12 from 2:50-6:45 p.m. Competition outside of the ESPN3 coverage will be available on MUTigers.com. The 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships will air as part of a 90-minute show on ESPNU on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

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