Arkansas Men, Women Second at SEC Championships


LEXINGTON, Kent. — Arkansas is in second place after day two at the SEC Outdoor Championships after a runner-up performance in the 10,000-meter by Gabe Gonzalez and third-place decathlon finish from Nathanael Franks.

“I’m proud of Franks on a third-place finish in the decathlon,” Arkansas coach Chris Bucknam said. “And in the 10K, we got a great race from our sophomore Gonzalez, finishing second place.”

Today’s competition will begin at noon with the long jump, followed by discus, 1,500-meter, 110 hurdles, 400-meter, and 3,000-meter steeplechase.

“We lost some points today we were expecting to get,” Bucknam said. “So we have some making up to do tomorrow. But you fight adversity, and everyone is fighting is hard. Big day tomorrow, a chance to make up some points.”

Meanwhile, the Arkansas women’s team also sits in second after scoring 23 points Friday.

SEC Cross Country champion and indoor 5,000-meter SEC Champion Dominique Scott earned the team’s first individual title with a personal-best performance in the 10,000-meter at 33:51.84. Diane Robison finished third, scoring six points for the Razorbacks with a time of 34:07.95.

“They followed the race plan perfectly,” Arkansas coach Lance Harter said. “When Missouri took the lead, we responded like we were supposed to. Robison came from behind with the attack, which was huge for her. I’m very proud of the way they performed.”

Arkansas also got third- and eighth-place finishes in the heptathlon from Alex Gochenour and Leigha Brown respectively.