Arkansas still in the hunt

AUBURN, Ala. — The second round of the 2013 NCAA East Regional Women’s Golf Championship is in the books and Arkansas is sitting in a tie for third place hoping to advance to the NCAA Championship in two weeks.

Arkansas fired a second round 294 combining with their five-under 283 on Thursday for a 577, 23 strokes behind Alabama who leads the tournament with a 554. Tulane is second at 568 followed by the Razorbacks and Oklahoma State who are tied for third with 577. The other teams above the eight-team cut line to advance include Texas with 580, North Carolina with 582, Auburn with 583 on their home course and UCLA and Tennessee are tied for the coveted eighth spot with a 586.

Arkansas counted three 73s in the second round with senior Victoria Vela, freshman Gabriela Lopez and junior Emily Tubert all posting the one-over score. Junior Emma Lavy and freshman Regina Plasencia both counted rounds of 75 Friday.

Lavy, a Fayetteville native continues to lead the Razorbacks. Lavy is tied for ninth place overall with a 142 with rounds of 67-75.

Razorbacks in second place after day two

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Arkansas men’s track and field is in second place after day two of the SEC Outdoor Championships. Through three events scored, the Razorbacks have scored 25 points behind a haul of points in the decathlon and 10,000 meters. Arkansas was paced Friday by a pair of runner-up efforts from Kevin Lazas in the decathlon and Solomon Haile at 10,000 meters. In preliminary action, the Razorbacks collected three qualifiers for Sunday’s event finals.

The Razorbacks picked up 14 points between the respective second- and third-place finishes from Lazas and Nathanael Franks in the decathlon. On his way to a season-high 7,579 points, Lazas posted a trio of top-five event finishes including a win in the pole vault where he had a final clearance of 4.85m/15-11. With the win in hand, he passed on further attempts at higher bars.

Franks added six points to the Razorbacks’ team total with his personal-best score of 7,520 points, a mark that should move the redshirt sophomore into the top 15 nationally. He bookended his day with personal-best times in the 110-meter hurdles and 1,500 meters. In the final event of the day, Franks finished nearly 18 seconds ahead of the nearest runner with his time of 4:23.16.

Alcide wins heptathlon

COLUMBIA, Mo. — At the end of day two at the SEC Outdoor Championships, the Arkansas women’s track and field team is in first place. Through the first three events scored, the Razorbacks have scored 21 points. Makeba Alcide paced the team with her victory in the heptathlon while Semehar Tesfaye added a runner-up finish at 10,000 meters to Friday’s highlights. In preliminary action, Arkansas collected three qualifiers for event finals.

Alcide won the SEC pentathlon title indoors and with Friday’s result, becomes the first SEC athlete to sweep both indoor and outdoor multi-event competitions since Hyleas Fountain of Georgia did so in 2003. Alcide previously won the heptathlon in 2011 and now has four overall SEC titles coupled with her back-to-back indoor pentathlon wins in 2012 and 2013.