Bob Holt is a sports reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he sits on the board of directors for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. He has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year four times and has been inducted to the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Hibbert, Wilson sweep national honors
Arkansas' Britton Wilson runs in the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 13, 2023, in Baton Rouge, La.
FAYETTEVILLE — After the Arkansas men’s and women’s track and field teams swept titles at the SEC Outdoor Championships last weekend in Baton Rouge, La., the Razorbacks swept national individual honors on Tuesday.
Arkansas freshman Jaydon Hibbert and junior Britton Wilson were announced as the United States Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association National Athletes of the Week after both set collegiate records at the SEC meet last Saturday.
Hibbert won the triple jump with a leap of 58 feet, 7 1/2 inches to break the collegiate mark. It had been held since 1982 by SMU's Keith Connor when he went 57-7 3/4 at the NCAA meet in Provo, Utah.
Hibbert also has the top triple jump in the world this season after he passed Hugues Zango, who had a mark of 58-5 1/4 during a professional Diamond League meet in Doha the previous week.
Wilson won the 400 meters at the SEC meet in 40.13 seconds to break the collegiate record of 49.40 she ran in the prelims a day earlier. Then 90 minutes later she won the 400-meter hurdles in 53.28, a facility record at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.
Both of Wilson's times in the 400 and 400 hurdles lead the world this season.
It was the second consecutive year Wilson — last year’s NCAA champion in the 400 hurdles — won the 400 and 400 hurdles at the SEC meet. She is the only female to win both events in the same SEC meet.
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