Arkansas Claims SEC Outdoor Crown; Lincoln Tie
BY ANDRES FOCIL
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Arkansas’ two-year drought without an outdoor league crown came to an end Sunday night when it captured the 2003 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Tom Black Track.
The Hogs ended up with 149 points, while defending SEC outdoor champion, Tennessee, was in a distant second with 111.5. It was the largest margin of victory since 2000 when the Arkansas beat LSU by 37. Georgia was in third with 89, while Auburn and Florida were close behind with 85 and 84 points, respectively.
This victory marks the Razorbacks’ 19th outdoor conference championship and their first complete SEC triple crown since the 1999-2000 season. In addition, it became Coach John McDonnell’s 71st conference title since 1974.
After winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase and earning runner-up honors in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs senior Daniel Lincoln shared the commissioner’s trophy with Auburn’s Gabor Mate when they each scored 26 points, the most of any individuals at the competition.
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