Arkansas Track Wins Another SEC Championship


FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas men's track and field team won another conference crown.

The Razorbacks wrapped up the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships by outscoring second-place Florida 152.5 to 123 during the four-day meet in Columbia, Mo. It gave the Razorbacks their second SEC straight triple crown (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track) and seventh straight conference title dating back to the 2011 Outdoor Championships.

Arkansas won its latest title behind the strength of five event titles from Leoman Momah (800 meters), Patrick Rono (1,500 meters), Kemoy Campbell (5,000 meters), Caleb Cross (40-meter hurdles) and Andrew Irwin (pole vault). The group helped Arkansas win their 18th SEC Outdoor Championship since joining the conference in 1992.

The Razorbacks clinched the championship with Campbell's win in the 5,000.

"I’m really proud of our athletes and my coaches,” Arkansas coach Chris Bucknam said in a news release. “There’s a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication. They just go the job done today. We had a big day and came away with five wins. They all came in about a 30-minute span so we got some real good momentum going. I’m proud of them.

“Track and field at Arkansas is a team sport and we’re awfully proud of that. It’s a priority for us. We won the national indoor title but we’re equally proud of seven SEC titles in a row and two back-to-back Triple Crowns. It means everything to us. I’m almost at a loss for words at how proud I am of everybody.”

The Arkansas women's track team put together a third-place finish over the weekend. The Razorbacks won the SEC Indoor championship earlier this year, but couldn't keep pace with Texas A&M in what proved to be a tight four-team race. The Aggies finished with 117 points, while LSU (112), Arkansas (109) and Florida (106) fell just short.

"When you talk about four of the top six teams in the United States and five of the top 10, you’re talking about the best of the best," Arkansas women's track and field coach Lance Harter said in a news release. "To be able to match up with them and go head-to-head, I’m just really proud of our crew because they never gave up. Some of the doubles and triples they pulled off this weekend are without parallel.”

Both Arkansas teams now move into the final stages of the season.

The Razorbacks will participate in the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas, from May 23-25. The NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau