Arkansas women win SEC outdoor title, clinch third straight triple crown

Published: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Arkansas' Lexi Weeks competes in the pole vault at the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 12.
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Arkansas' Lexi Weeks competes in the pole vault at the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 12.

Arkansas’ women’s track and field team captured its fourth consecutive SEC outdoor championship Saturday.

The Razorbacks have won three straight conference triple crowns and 10 straight combined conference titles in cross country and indoor and outdoor track.

Arkansas entered the final day with a 45.5-point lead and finished with 127 points to easily outpace runner-up second-place LSU, which finished with 100 points. The victory represents the program’s 30th SEC title.

Dominant Friday showings in the pole vault and heptathlon keyed the championship.

In the pole vault, twin sisters Lexi and Tori Weeks, sophomores from Cabot, finished first and second, respectively, while sophomore Desiree Freier placed third to round out an all-Arkansas top three. Weeks won her second straight outdoor conference title.

Razorbacks finished 1-2-3-4 in the heptathlon. Junior Taliyah Brooks won the event, while junior Payton Stumbaugh finished second, senior Leigha Brown third and sophomore Kelsey Herman fourth.

Saturday Arkansas event winners included junior Nikki Hiltz in the 1500, senior Daina Harper in the 400

The Arkansas men’s team placed second in a tight finish, snapping a string of five consecutive combined cross country and indoor and outdoor track SEC championships.

The Razorbacks entered the weekend as the defending outdoor champion, but scored 106 points and were surpassed late in the day to finish 13 points behind champion Texas A&M. Arkansas junior Kemar Mowatt won the 400-meter hurdle title Saturday.

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