Razorbacks Benefit From 1-2-3 Finishes


LEXINGTON, Kent. — The Arkansas men’s track team sits one point out of first place heading into the final day of competition at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

A 37-point day gives the No. 4 Razorbacks 51 total points, just one point behind Georgia.

Arkansas gained ground after a 1-2-3 finish in the long jump. Raymond Higgs won the SEC title, while Jarrion Lawson and Anthony May finished second and third, respectively.

“The 1-2-3 finish was an emotional boost that we needed,” Arkansas coach Chris Bucknam said. “We were ten points shy of where we thought we needed to be but today we got those points back and then some. We’re back in the game and back where we need to be.”

Arkansas also got an SEC championship performance from Stanley Kebenei, who won the steeplechase with a time of 8:40.98. Raymond Joseph also finished sixth in the event.

“Kebenei is one of the best steeplechasers in the country,” Bucknam said. “Joseph finishing sixth was three much-needed points. At this point, everything matters.”

The Arkansas women’s team, meanwhile, is in first place enter the final day of the meet after scoring 54 points Saturday. The Razorbacks lead second-place Georgia by 22 ½ points.

“What a day, what a fantastic day,” Arkansas coach Lance Harter. “We are way ahead of any type of pre-idea of what we could do. It just happened event, after event.”

Grace Heymsfield won the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second-consecutive year, defending her title with a 9:57.14 time. Jessica Kamilos finished third with a personal-best time of 10:08.73.

Arkansas also recorded a 1-2-3 finish in the pole vault. Sandi Morris won the event, while Daniell Nowell and Ariel Voskamp finished second and third, respectively. Megan Zimlich also finished seventh for the Razorbacks, who scored 26 points in the pole vault.

“I was crying tears of joy when I finished,” Morris said of her victory. “It started out cold and windy, but the weather the held out for us. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates there cheering and supporting me. It’s so amazing for us to come in for a 1-2-3-7 finish.”