It was a clean sweep at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Both the Arkansas men and women capture their respective titles at the Tyson Track Center on Sunday.
The men ran away with it, as many expected. No. 1 ranked Arkansas posted 152.5 points to claim the crown. Florida finished in second place more than 35 points back. The title is the 19th indoor league championship the Hogs have won since joining the SEC in 1991 but that feeling never gets old.
“It never gets old,” men’s track and field coach Chris Bucknam said. “We love representing the state of Arkansas on a national level. We did that today. I’m proud of my athletes. They’ve worked hard all year, put in tremendous amount of time and effort to get to this point. I’m always impressed with them. Even though I see them every single day they always seem to amaze me when we get to a championship meet like this and the way they perform so I’m really proud of them.”
The women weren’t expected to run away with the title but they did anyway. But it was a little more dramatic.
Arkansas led LSU by a single point heading into the meet’s final event. The Razorbacks blew past LSU and the rest of the field in the 4 x 400 relay to capture their first SEC title since 2003.
“This one is really special. We’ve been in a bit of a drought,” women’s coach Lance Harter said. “I’ve been getting tired of getting second. Being a bridesmaid is getting really old. This was nice, especially for these kids because they’ve been starved for it. When we go to the national championships obviously LSU is going to be right there and probably go in as the favorite. Florida, Georgia, ourselves all are capable of being trophy teams. The SEC continues to be a mind boggling competitive event.”
It was the 20th overall conference championship for the women’s track program.