Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Harter, McLeod win SEC awards
Arkansas women's track and field coach Lance Harter, right, is congratulated by men's manager Georg Eberhardt after winning the conference title Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, during the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
The Arkansas men's and women's track & field programs won postseason awards Tuesday from the Southeastern Conference.
Hurdler Omar McLeod was named the league's male freshman runner of the year and Lance Harter was named women's coach of the year for outdoors. Harter led the Arkansas women to the league outdoor championship earlier this month for the first time since 2004.
The coach of the year award is the fourth for Harter outdoors. He has led the Razorbacks to SEC championships in all three of his sports - cross country, indoor and outdoor - since last March.
McLeod, who was also the league's indoor freshman runner of the year, finished second to defending NCAA champion Wayne Davis II of Texas A&M in the 110-meter hurdles at the SEC outdoor meet. McLeod's time of 13.50 seconds in the event is the second-fastest in Razorbacks history.
Nathanael Franks, who finished third in the decathlon at the SEC meet, was named the male co-scholar athlete of the year with a 3.93 grade point average.