Texas A&M men win first SEC title; Arkansas takes women's championship
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Texas A&M men and the Arkansas women claimed the 2014 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday in front of 3,184 fans at the Kentucky Track and Field Complex.
The Aggie men took home their first SEC men’s outdoor team title, scoring 155.5 total team points. Arkansas was second with 116 points, while Florida was third with 93. Georgia (92) and Mississippi (78) rounded out the top five on the men’s side.
The Arkansas women captured their fourth all-time SEC outdoor championship and first since 2004 with 123 total team points. The Florida women were second with 116.5 points, while Texas A&M was third with 113. Kentucky (104) and Georgia (70.5) rounded out the top five on the women’s side.
Ole Miss’ Ricky Robertson took home the SEC men’s commissioner’s trophy, awarded to the meet’s high-points scorer with 23 points, while Texas A&M’s Olivia Ekpone claimed the SEC women’s commissioner’s trophy with 22.5 points.
Kentucky’s Raymond Dykstra captured the men’s javelin title with a toss of 76.45m/250-10. It was the first title for the Wildcats in that event since Tony Kozlesky in 1974. Auburn’s Justin Carter was second in 73.04m/239-7, while South Carolina’s Kaleb Zuidema was third with a mark of 69.87m/229-2.
Florida’s Ciarra Brewer captured her third consecutive SEC women’s triple jump title by breaking her own meet record with a toss of 13.91m/45-7.75. A Gator has won six of the past seven SEC outdoor titles in the women’s triple jump. Texas A&M’s LaQue Moen-Davis was second with a mark of 13.58m/44-6.75, while LSU’s Lynnika Pitts was third at 13.22m/43-4.50.
Texas A&M became the first team to sweep both the men’s and women’s 4x100-meter relays at the SEC outdoor championships since LSU in 1998.
The Texas A&M women’s quartet of Jennifer Madu, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown and Ashley Collier captured the event with a time of 43.20, giving the Aggies their eighth consecutive conference title in that event. Kentucky was second in 43.25, while Florida was third in 43.29.
The Texas A&M men’s foursome of Shavez Hart, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Prezel Hardy, Jr., and Deon Lendore claimed the men’s 4x100-meter relay in a meet-record time of 38.50, besting the previous meet record of 38.53 set by Florida in 2011. LSU was second in 38.68, while Florida was third in 38.68.
Florida’s Cory McGee claimed her first career SEC women’s 1,500-meter run title with a time of 4:13.48. It was the third such title for the Gators in the last five years. Kentucky’s Allison Peare was second in 4:15.14, while Georgia’s Carly Hamilton -- the 2013 SEC champion -- was third in 4:15.67.
Kentucky’s Keffri Neal won the men’s 1,500-meter run in a time of 3:48.69. It was the first title for the Wildcats in that event since John Richardson claimed back-to-back 1,500m crowns in 2006 and 2007. Ole Miss’ Robert Domanic was second in 3:49.02, while Kentucky’s Matt Hillenbrand was third in 3:49.68.
Kentucky’s Kendra Harrison took home the SEC women’s 100 hurdles title in a time of 12.86, giving the Wildcats a title in that event for the first time since Tonya Lowe won in 1984. LSU’s Jasmin Stowers was second in 13.03, while Florida’s Bridgette Owens was third in 13.18.
Florida’s Stipe Zunic won the men’s shot put with a throw of 20.52m/67-4 to give the Gators their first corwn in that event since Matt Simson in 1994. Auburn’s Stephen Saenz was second with a toss of 19.97m/65-6.25, while Georgia’s Nick Vena was third with a toss of 19.69m/64-7.25.
Texas A&M’s Wayne Davis II claimed the men’s 110 hurdles for the second consecutive year, clocking a time of 13.23, just off the meet record of 13.22 set by Aries Merritt of Tennessee in 2006. Arkansas’ Omar McLeod was second in a time of 13.57, while Florida’s Eddie Lovett was third in 13.58.
Texas A&M’s Shamier Little took home the women’s 400 dash title in a time of 51.06, giving the Aggies their first SEC crown in that event. Florida’s Robin Reynolds was second in 52.08, while teammate Destinee Gause was third in 52.41.
Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore won his second consecutive SEC men’s outdoor 400 title, clocking a time of 44.36, just shy of the meet record of 44.29 set by LSU’s Derrick Brew in 1999. He became the first repeat winner in that event since Alabama’s Kirani James won back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.
Ekpone claimed the women’s 100 dash in a time of 11.11, giving the Aggies their first SEC title in that event. She just edged out Alabama’s Remona Burchell, who finished second in 11.12. Kentucky’s Dezerea Bryant was third in 11.24.
A&M’s Hardy, Jr., took home the men’s 100 dash in a time of 10.31, leading a 1-2 finish in the event by the Aggies. Hart was second in 10.35, while Florida’s Antwan Wright was third in 10.36.
Alabama’s Yanique Malcolm won the women’s 800 run in a time of 2:03.28, making her the first Tide athlete since Donna Cargill in 1996 to win the women’s 800-meter run at the SEC championships. Kentucky’s Allison Peare was second in 2:04.13, while Georgia’s Megan Malasarte was third in 2:04.23.
Mississippi State’s Brandon McBride won his school’s first 800-meter title, clocking a 1:47.59 en route to the victory. Texas A&M’s Hector Hernandez was second in 1:47.84, while Florida’s Ryan Schnulle was third in 1:48.08.
Kentucky’s Harrison took home the women’s 400 hurdles championship, making her the first athlete to win the SEC 100 and 400 hurdles in the same season since South Carolina’s Ellakisha Williams did so in 1999. Harrison won in a time of 54.76 and became the first Kentucky athlete to win that event since Judy Thomas in 1981. Texas A&M’s Janeil Bellille was second in 55.67, while Little was third in 56.01.
Ole Miss’ Sam Kendricks won his first career SEC men’s outdoor pole vault title with a leap of 5.64m/18-6. Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship was second with a leap of 5.64m/18-6, while Texas A&M’s Chase Wolfle was third at 5.56m/18-3.
Ole Miss’ Robertson won his second career SEC men’s high jump title after also earning the title in 2011. He posted a leap of 2.22m/7-3.25, while Auburn’s D.J. Smith was second at 2.18m/7-1.75 and Arkansas’ Anthony May was third at 2.13m/6-11.75.
Ekpone smashed the SEC meet record in winning the women’s 200 dash in a time of 22.23. The previous meet record (22.35) was set by LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan in 2013 and Georgia’s Debbie Ferguson in 1999. Kentucky’s Dezerea Bryant was second in 22.68, while Texas A&M’s Aaliyah Brown was third in 23.12.
Texas A&M’s Shelbi Vaughn broke the SEC meet record en route to winning the women’s discus title with a toss of 63.60m/208-8. The previous meet record was 59.23m/194-4, set by LSU’s Danyel Mitchell in 1994. Kentucky’s Madison Jacobs was second at 53.52m/175-2, while Missouri’s Jill Rushin was third at 52.69m/172-10.
Florida’s Marquis Dendy won the SEC men’s triple jump title with a leap of 16.52m/54-2.50. With that victory, the Gators have now won five consecutive SEC men’s triple jump titles – a feat accomplished by four different athletes. Robertson was second with a throw of 16.45m/53-11.75, while Ole Miss’ Phillip Young was third at 15.95m/52-4.
Hardy claimed the men’s 200 dash in a time of 20.16, making him the first athlete since LSU’s Richard Thompson in 2008 to claim both the 100m and 200m SEC titles in the same year. Hart was second in 20.35, while Florida’s Dedric Dukes was third in 20.41.
The Arkansas women posted a 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 5,000 run that put the Razorbacks over the top to win the SEC team title. The top-four athletes in the race all broke the previous meet record of 15:59.47, set by Kentucky’s Valerie McGovern in 1990. Diane Robison won the title in 15:48.25, Dominique Scott was second in 15:53.74, while Grace Heymsfield was third in 15:55.30. It was Arkansas’ first title in the event since Catherine White in 2009.
Arkansas’ Stanley Kebenei won the men’s 5,000 run in a time of 14:11.27, while Georgia’s Brandon Lord was second in 14:11.90 and Ole Miss’ Sean Tobin was third in 14:16.74. It was the third consecutive title for the Razorbacks in that event.
Texas A&M’s quartet of Bellille, Ibukun Mayungbe, Brown and Ekpone won the women’s 4x400 relay in a time of 3:28.59, just shy of the meet record of 3:27.04. Florida was second in 3:29.49, while Arkansas was third in 3:29.58.
Texas A&M claimed the men’s 4x400 relay title in a time of 3:01.19, giving the Aggies their second consecutive title in the event. Texas A&M used the quartet of Bralon Taplin, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Carlyle Roudette and Lendore. Florida was second in 3:03.04, while LSU was third in 3:04.33.