Contributed by Nate Allen
FAYETTEVILLE – Coach Lance Harter Arkansas Razorbacks women’s team that dominated winning SEC Cross Country and Indoor Track and Field and won the NCAA Indoor championship, dominated the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships winning the Thursday through Saturday meet at John McDonnell Field and completing a SEC Cross Country-Indoor-Outdoor triple crown.
The Razorbacks women rolled with 139.5 points while Texas A&M, 85, Kentucky, 84 and LSU, 83, battled for the runner-ups.
“To score as many points as we did in this meet I thought is exceptional,” Harter said. “And winning another triple crown is nice.”
Coach Chris Bucknam’s rebuilding Razorbacks men, overachieving for a second place at the SEC Indoor meet, “did the best with what we have, Bucknam said for third at the SEC Outdoor with 91 points on the heels of second place SEC Indoor champion Florida, 95 with SEC Outdoor favorite LSU winning the SEC Outdoor with 105 points. Gilbert Boit winning Saturday’s 5,000-meter run (13:54.41) and placing second in Thursday’s 10,000-meter run, paced the Arkansas men, capping “a great SEC season,” Bucknam said noting Boit won SEC Cross Country and the SEC Indoor 5,000.
For Harter’s women, sophomore Janeek Brown, 12.55 breaking her Razorback record previous best in the world for 2019 in Saturday’s 100-meter hurdles, with senior teammate Payton Chadwick a blistering 12.70 second for a combined 18 team points, Keithlin Campbell, 51.03 in Saturday’s 400-meter dash Taylor Werner, 15:51 in Saturday’s 5,000 meters and Devin Clark, 9:55.86 in Friday’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, contributed to Arkansas’ women’s team championship as individual SEC champions. Arkansas’ 4 x 400 capped the winning the final event in 3:29.22
In Saturday’s women’s 5,000, Lauren Gregory placed second and Clark fifth.
The Razorbacks 4 x 100 of Kiara Parker, individually third in the 100-meter dash 11.1, Brown, Chadwick and J’Ayleia Smith placed second in 43.11 to 4x 100 relay winner LSU.
Chadwick, 23.08, and Brown, 23.12 placed fourth and fifth in the 200-meter dash won by LSU’s Sha’Carri Richardson, 22.57.
And Carina Viljoen’s second place, 4:17.81, paced Arkansas’ 22 team points in the women’s 1,500 meter run with Razorbacks, Werner, Gregory, Sydney Brown and Meghan Underwood respectively placing fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.
Razorbacks Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard vaulted Friday’s 14-3 1-2 but on fewest misses were second and third to Vanderbilt’s Kristin Denk.
“Janeek Brown reiterated she’s leading the world,” Harter said. “And Payton’s time (a personal record) is exceptional. Keithlin Campbell, I had her for fourth and she ends up winning it and beating big-time people. Our distance people and sprinters, they just kept coming one after the other after the other. And we had some nice breakthroughs with some of our younger people as well.”
Aside from Boit for Bucknam’s Razorbacks, Cameron Griffith’s second (3:48.88) in the 1,500 meters placed highest individually.
Griffith came back for third with teammate Matt Young fourth in the 5,000 accounting for 21 Razorbacks team points.
Arkansas placed third in the men’s 4 x 400 relay.
Senior Razorback Gabe Moore led the men’s 2 -day decathlon Thursday and Friday until feeling his hamstring pull during the pole vault, the eighth of the decathlon’s 10 events.
Hobbling as a non-factor in the remaining javelin and 1,500 meters Friday, Moore finished fifth good for four team points 6,345 decathlon points.
Kieran Taylor and Hunter Woodhall earn All-SEC recognition and five team points each for Bucknam’s Razorbacks with fourth places in the 800-meter run and 400-meter dash.
LSU’s Mondo Duplantis soared a 2019 world’s best 19-8 1-4 winning the men’s pole vault.