FAYETTEVILLE – In celebration of its 2013 Southeastern Conference (SEC) outdoor title, the University of Arkansas men’s track and field team was honored Tuesday evening with a reception hosted by Chancellor G. David Gearhart at the Wallace W. and Jama W. Fowler House. The on-campus recognition was also in honor of the Razorbacks’ SEC Triple Crown during the 2012-13 season.
Gearhart and his wife, Jane, in conjunction with Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, formed the initiative to recognize Razorback teams that have won an SEC Championship with a ceremony at the Fowler House, home of Chancellor and Mrs. Gearhart.
In addition to the Razorback track and field student-athletes, coaches and staff were joined by members of the University administration for the ceremony. After comments from Chancellor Gearhart, Long and head coach Chris Bucknam
, members of the team were presented with a Chancellor’s Award medal for their accomplishments during the season.
Arkansas completed its 14th SEC Triple Crown with a victory at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo. During the season, the Razorbacks had also won the conference cross country and indoor titles. At the outdoor event, the team collected five event titles and scored 152.50 points to outdistance the competition, finishing 29.5 points clear of runner-up Florida. The win also marked the program’s 18th SEC outdoor team crown.
Dating back to their team title at the 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships in Athens, Ga., the Razorbacks have won seven consecutive conference events.
Currently ranked No. 12 in the nation, the Arkansas men’s cross country team returns to competition Friday morning for the 2013 SEC Championship. The race is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start on the University of Florida home course.
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