Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Hogs win SEC again
Arkansas coach Chris Bucknam watches during the Razorback Invitational Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Another year, another title for Arkansas' legendary track & field program.
Despite being without three of their top performers, the Razorbacks won the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday in College Station, Texas. Arkansas finished the three-day event with 121 points, 15 more than second-place Florida.
The Razorbacks won their third straight conference title indoors and ninth straight conference championship in track & field and cross country. Saturday's title was the program's 97th on the conference level all-time and 59th since entering the SEC.
Arkansas had 1-2 finishes in the mile Saturday with individual champion Solomon Haile and runner-up Gabe Gonzalez. The Razorbacks had second-place finishes in the pole vault (Andrew Irwin), 60 meter hurdles (Omar McLeod) and triple jump (Anthony May).
The Razorbacks had two event wins entering Saturday. May won the high jump Friday, while Raymond Higgs and Jarrion Lawson finished 1-2 in the long jump, respectively.
Arkansas' No. 4 women's team finished third in the conference meet. The Razorbacks had three individual champions Saturday with Grace Heymsfield winning the mile, Stephanie Brown winning in the 800 meters and Dominique Scott winning the 1,500 meter race.
Florida won the women's team championship with 102 points. Texas A&M finished with 96.50 points and Arkansas was third with 93.50 points.