Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Three Hogs out for SEC meet
Arkansas heptathlete Kevin Lazas celebrates after clearing a height of 6 feet 6 inches in the high jump during the men's heptathlon Friday evening at the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville. Lazas finished the day in the lead of the men's Heptathlon with 3,277 points.
FAYETTEVILLE No. 1 Arkansas will go into this weekend's Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships short-handed.
Hepthathlete Kevin Lazas and distance runners Kemoy Campbell and Stanley Kebenei won't make the trip to College Station, Texas. Campbell is injured, Kebenei has an illness and Lazas is dealing with a family emergency, Razorbacks coach Chris Bucknam said.
Campbell and Kebenei were Arkansas' top performers in cross country last fall. Kebenei was a runner-up at last year's SEC Indoor Championships in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, while Campbell earned points in the 3,000 meters and mile.
Lazas is the defending NCAA champion in the heptathlon and has the nation's top score in the event this season.
Arkansas' track & field program is looking for its third consecutive SEC championship indoors and ninth straight conference title overall in indoor and outdoor track & field and cross country.