Razorbacks once again meet the challenge, complete SEC Triple Crown

Oxford, miss. –Arkansas rose to the challenge presented by Alabama to secure the SEC Outdoor Championship tag team title by six points, 120-114, Saturday at the Ole Miss Track & Field Complex.

Razorback’s win earned the team a second straight SEC Triple Crown after winning championship titles in cross country and indoor track and field this season. It’s the 17thand time in program history to reach the Triple Crown conference.

By winning the SEC Outdoor title for the 21st times, Arkansas used points from various regions on the final day of their three-day adventure.

Opening the day with a 39.24 silver in the 4x100m relay, the Razorbacks added 21 points in the 110m hurdles with four Arkansas hurdles in the final.

Another points big came in the 5,000m, the penultimate event of the competition, as a 1-2-3 Razorback sweep totaled 24 points to thwart the 10 scored by Alabama with a 4-5-8 finish.

Patrick Kiprop, who won the Commissioner’s Trophy as the top men’s scorer with 18 points, won the 5,000m in 13:41.05 with Amon Kemboi second in 13:43.02 and Emmanuel Cheboson third in 13:43 .66.

In the 1,500m, Kemboi placed third in 3:39.93 while Elias Schreml collected a pair of points in seventh with a 3:43.94.

Running on the 4 x 100 relay for Arkansas were Roman Turner, Connor Washington, Ayden Owens-Delerme and Phillip Lemonious.

Lemonious led the Razorback charge in the 110m hurdles, placing second in 13.56 behind a 13.28 for LSU’s Eric Edwards. Tre’Bien Gilbert was third in 13.60 while Owens-Delerme was fifth in 13.84 and Matthew Lewis-Banks was sixth in 14.01.

Washington also added a point in the 200m final finishing eighth in 20.60.

Going into the 4 x 400 relay, the Razorbacks held a 10-point advantage 118-108.

Running in the first of two sections against Missouri, Arkansas posted a time of 3:06.83 with a crew of Owen-Delerme (47.4), Brandon Battle (45.9), Leroy Russell III ( 47.8) and James Milholen (45.7). They placed seventh overall while Alabama finished third in 3:02.31.

Russell also provided five points from the 800m where he finished fourth in 1:47.39 to better his previous record of 1:47.89.

SEC Outdoor Final Team Scores: 1. Arkansas 120, 2. Alabama 114, 3. Tennessee 84, 4. Florida 78, 5. Georgia 75, 6. Texas A&M 71, 7. LSU 70.

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