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The Sideline: Conference honors for athletes from UCA track and golf and Hendrix trackj

Posted: April 17, 2013 - 6:46pm

Hendrix’s Krug gets another honor

Hendrix College junior Elizabeth Krug was named the Southern Athletic Association Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. This is the second week in a row Krug has been honored after earning Track Athlete of the Week last Wednesday.

Krug, from Heber Springs, recorded the second best score in the NCAAA Division III in the heptathlon with a school record 4,733 points at the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The three-time All-American placed fifth in the event, finishing behind competitors from Missouri and Ole Miss. Krug’s highlights from the weekend included breaking her own school record in the high jump with a Southern Athletic Association leading 1.61 meters (5 ft.-3.25 in.). The jump was tied for fourth best on the day. She had the sixth best shot put at 11.15 meters (36 ft.-7 in.), a new personal record. The mark currently ranks third in the SAA.

UCA’s Newton Golfer of Month

University of Central Arkansas freshman James Newton has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Golfer of the Month for April.

Newton claimed medalist honors for the second consecutive tournament, winning the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate hosted by Ole Miss in Madison, Miss., on March 31-April 2. The freshman from Macclefield, England, shot two rounds of 67 before firing a round of even par for a three-round total of 10-under par 206. Newton’s strong showing helped UCA finish second as a team. In the three rounds at the tournament, Newton averaged just 68.6 strokes per round.

Newton was also medalist in his previous outing, winning the Border Olympics on March 15-16.

The Bears will compete in the 2013 SLC Championship next week at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas.

Bears’ Cassar earns track citation

Freshman Brooke Cassar earned the Southland Conference Track Athlete of the Week award today on the back of a top five finish at the Ole Miss Invitational. The award is the first of Cassar’s career.

The Australia native broke her school record in the 5,000 meters, finishing the race with a time of 17:04.16. The mark was good enough for third place and stands as the second-best mark in the Southland Conference this season.

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