FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 8 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team opens its postseason Thursday with the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships at the Mike Sanders Track Complex in Starkville, Miss. The Razorbacks have won 18 of 23 outdoor conference titles since joining the SEC in 1991-92, including four under head coach Chris Bucknam. The three-day meet begins Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT) with the decathlon.
The final two days of the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships will be streamed on SEC Network PLUS beginning Friday at 3:40 p.m. and Saturday at 2:50 p.m. The meet will also air as a two-hour highlight show May 21 beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. Dwight Stones and Larry Rawson will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively, with Jill Montgomery reporting along trackside.
Arkansas enters this weekend’s meet with 18 top-10 SEC efforts including top marks from Kemoy Campbell at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Omar McLeod in the 110-meter hurdles and Stanley Kebenei in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Kebenei is the defending SEC outdoor champion at 5,000 meters and in the steeplechase.
Arkansas won its first-ever SEC outdoor title in Starkville at the 1992 meet. In the program’s only other trip to Starkville for the conference meet, the Razorbacks finished second in 2002. At last year’s SEC meet in Lexington, Ky., the Razorbacks scored 116 points to finish second in the team race. Bucknam has guided the team to conference outdoor titles in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Individually, the Arkansas men have collected 114 event titles at the SEC outdoor meet and return three past champions in Campbell, Kebenei and Andrew Irwin. Along with Kebenei’s win at last year’s meet, Campbell was the SEC champion at 5,000 meters in 2013 while Irwin is a two-time champion in the pole vault. At the 2012 meet in Baton Rouge, La., he set the school record with his final clearance of 5.72m/18-9.25.
The Razorbacks are one of nine ranked SEC teams competing this weekend, and one of five positioned within the top 10. The remainder of the championship season features the NCAA West Preliminary on May 28-30 in Austin, Texas, and the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 10-13 in Eugene, Ore.
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