Liberty-Eylau grad Neal named conference’s athlete of the week

(Photo courtesy of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock/
(Photo courtesy of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock/

LITTLE ROCK -- Liberty-Eylau graduate TaVieon Neal has become a force to be reckoned with on the track.

The Ohio Valley Conference agrees.

The Texarkana native is one of three Little Rock track and field student-athletes who received Athlete of the Week honors from the Ohio Valley Conference on Wednesday.

Neal was named the Men's Track Athlete of the Week, Takia Palmer was named the Women's Freshman of the Week and Hayden Wilson was named the Men's Freshman of the Week. This marks the first career weekly honor for Neal and Palmer while Wilson, who was Freshman of the Week on Jan. 16 of the indoor season, claims his first outdoor and second overall career weekly award.

A sophomore, Neal inserted himself into the national conversation twice last weekend with a pair of silver medals claimed at the 40th annual Victor Lopez Classic hosted by Rice.

Neal started the action off by running the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay as the squad clocked 39.53 -- a time that ranks second in school history and is the fastest time ever ran by an OVC 4x100-meter relay team. The Trojans relay squad is ranked 11th in the nation currently with eight Power 5 relay teams ahead of them. Finishing second in the race behind only Houston, Little Rock's relay team currently ranks 16th in the world.

The Liberty-Eylau graduate followed that up by running a blistering 10.35 in the 100-meter dash, posting the fastest time in the OVC this year with a mark that ranks 16th in the country among wind-legal times, 27th overall. His time places him seventh all-time at Little Rock in the 100-meter dash.

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