FAYETTEVILLE – The 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships will air on tape-delay May 25 at 7 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU. This year’s conference meet was held May 12-15 at the Spec Towns Track in Athens, Ga. Replays of action from Saturday and Sunday are also currently available via video stream at ESPN3.com.
The remainder of Arkansas’ championship season includes the NCAA West Prelims (May 26-28) in Eugene, Ore., and the NCAA Championships (June 8-11) in Des Moines, Iowa. The top 48 declared athletes will get into individual events per region, while the top 24 relays declared per region will also qualify. Accepted lists will be announced Thursday by noon (CT).
The Razorback men won their 16th SEC outdoor title with 157.50 points. Arkansas secured its conference crown with three event wins-two by Dorian Ulrey in the 800 and 1,500 meters and a victory in the 200 meters by Marek Niit. This is Arkansas’ 25th overall conference team title, dating back to the team’s days in the Southwest Conference. The win is the Razorbacks’ first since 2009, and second under head coach Chris Bucknam.
Ulrey is the third Arkansas runner to pull off the 800/1,500 double in SEC competition, joining former Arkansas standouts Seneca Lassiter (1998, 1999) and James Karanu (2000). He was also named the winner of the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy as the men’s scorer at the four-day competition. Niit won the second 200-meter SEC title in program history, and the first since the 1995 season. The Razorbacks now have 98 SEC event titles.
The Arkansas women wrapped up the SEC Outdoor Championships with a victory in the 4×400-meter relay. Arkansas finished the four-day conference meet with 107 points, good for third place in the team race. During the weekend, Arkansas successfully defended its SEC outdoor titles with Tina Sutej in the pole vault and the 4×400 relay team of Regina George, Shelise Williams, Gwendolyn Flowers and Whitney Jones. The Razorbacks also added a new champion with Makeba Alcide in the heptathlon.
En route to her victory, Sutej set the NCAA record with a 15-1.5 clearance, replacing the old mark of 15-1 set by Chelsea Johnson of UCLA in 2006. In addition to setting the NCAA outdoor mark, she also set the Arkansas school record, SEC meet record, Spec Towns Track facility record, Slovenian national record and current world-leading mark. The Razorback women now have 55 SEC event titles.