Double victory by Prezel Hardy Jr. garners SEC Runner of the Week honor

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BIRMINGHAM – In winning the 60 and 200 meters during the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational, Prezel Hardy Jr. was selected as the SEC Men’s Runner of the Week.

Hardy first claimed the 60 meters in 6.64 seconds, just missing the meet record of 6.63, and currently shares the SEC lead in the event and is the second fastest collegian and is currently second fastest in the world.

In winning the 200 in 20.78 seconds, Hardy broke the meet record of 20.87 set by former teammate Gerald Phiri in 2011. Hardy also lowered his previous indoor best in the event from 20.99 as he moved to equal No. 5 on the Aggie all-time list. As the current U.S. leader in the 200, Hardy is also second fastest in the world for the 2013 season.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming into this meet,” noted Hardy. “I remember looking at the heat sheet the night before and seeing Gerald Phiri’s meet record in the 60 (6.63) and 200 (20.87) meters. I told myself I was going to get them. To get so close to the 60 record, and then surpass the 200 record I feel really great.

“Especially to be running this well early in the year. Coach Henry talks to us about setting ourselves up right in fall training to have a great foundation for the season. This shows what we do in the fall will come to light during the track season. I’m really excited about where this year can take me.”

SEC honors also went to Raymond Higgs of Arkansas and Sam Kendricks of Ole Miss as the men’s Field Athlete of the Week. The men’s freshman honor went to Cale Wallace of Arkansas. Co-Women’s Runner of the Week selections included Kentucky’s Cally Macumber and Florida’s Cory McGee. Tamara Myers of Arkansas was chosen as the women’s Field Athlete of the Week while freshman honors were award to Auburn’s Larissa Debich.

Following a pair of team victories in the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational, the Aggies will next host a Triangular with Arkansas and LSU in a gathering of elite track and field teams at Gilliam Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 19. The meet will start at 11 a.m. and finish by 2 p.m.

In preseason rankings for the 2013 indoor season the Arkansas men are No. 1, with Texas A&M at No. 4 and LSU ranked No. 10. On the women’s side LSU ranks No. 4 followed by Texas A&M at No. 6 and Arkansas is No. 7.

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