FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas men's track coach Chris Bucknam and women's coach Lance Harter were named the Southeastern Conference's indoor track coaches of the year Friday.
Bucknam was awarded the men's honor after leading the Razorbacks to their 19th SEC's Indoor Track and Field championship and fourth during his five-year tenure last week. It also was the seventh coach of the year honor for Bucknam in cross country and track and field. He has led the Hogs to 10 SEC titles (three cross country, four indoor track, three outdoor).
“I’m really happy with our team,” Bucknam said after the 2013 SEC Indoor championships, according to an Arkansas news release. “We did a great job all three days. For a lack of a better term, the SEC weekend is a meat grinder. It’s the very best teams competing head to head. I’m really pleased with how are guys performed, especially being on our home track.”
Harter earned the women's coach of the year honor after guiding the Razorbacks to their four SEC Indoor championship. It also was the fourth indoor coach of the year honor for Harter, who was recognized after the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons. Arkansas' win was the 20th conference crown under Harter (13 cross country, four indoor track, three outdoor).
"It was a fantastic team event,” Harter said. "Obviously, we were able to keep the fans in the stands until the last minute. We had some great, big-time performance from our leaders like Regina George, Makeba Alcide and even Grace Heymsfield who did what we forecasted her to do. Across the board, we had people scoring a lot of crucial points. It was a total team effort.”
In addition to Bucknam and Harter, senior Makeba Alcide was named the women's field athlete of the year after winning the conference crown in the pentathlon.
The Arkansas men's and women's track teams will participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center on March 8-9.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau