Arkansas’ Banas earns top freshman award after career best performance

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Arkansas pole vaulter Kaitlyn Banas earned SEC freshman of the week honors from her career best performance of 13-7 (4.14) during the New Mexico Collegiate Challenge this past weekend.

In clearing the height Banas is currently the fifth-best freshman among collegians this indoor season and the second-best freshman in the SEC.

Her previous best vault of 13-0 ¼ (3.97) was set during the Razorback Invitational two weeks ago.

The No. 2 Arkansas squad will host the Tyson Invitational this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, with seven top 25 ranked teams amid a field of 26 teams entered.

Teams following the Razorbacks in the USTFCCCA national rating index, who are scheduled to compete in the Tyson Invitational, include No. 4 Georgia, No. 6 LSU, No. 10 Colorado, No. 13 Minnesota, No. 17 Iowa and No. 25 Baylor.

SEC Indoor athlete of the week honors

Men

Runner of the Week: Langston Jackson, Kentucky
Field Athlete of the Week: Bobby Colantonio, Alabama
Freshman of the Week: Eric Casarez, Texas A&M

Women

Runner of the Week: Tamara Clark, Alabama
Field Athlete of the Week: Deborah Acquah, Texas A&M
Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Banas, Arkansas