The Razorbacks sealed the SEC Outdoor championship with a record-breaking victory in the 4 x 400m relay, edging out Alabama by six points with a final score of 110-104.

This win marks the Razorbacks’ fourth consecutive SEC Outdoor team title, matching their achievement from 2003 to 2006. It also completes an SEC triple crown for the Razorbacks, which is the 18th in the Arkansas men’s history.

This victory signifies the 23rd SEC Outdoor title for the Razorbacks and their 78th league championship overall in the SEC.

The competition was fierce, with four teams surpassing 100 points in the pursuit of the men’s team title. Texas A&M secured third place with 103.5 points, while host Florida finished fourth with 100 points.

Arkansas set a world-leading time of 2:59.03 in the 4 x 400m relay, breaking their own UA record from last year. This achievement places the Razorbacks as the sixth-best school in collegiate history and the fourth fastest all-USA collegiate squad.

Arkansas anchor James Benson’s decisive lean at the finish line secured the victory over Alabama, who finished in 2:59.06, with Florida in third place in 2:59.48 and Texas A&M in fourth with 3:00.98.

The final three events of the meet – triple jump, 5,000m, and the 4 x 400m relay – contributed 33 team points to Arkansas.

In the triple jump, Apalos Edwards secured third place with a mark of 52-11.5 (16.14m). The 5,000m race saw Patrick Kiprop clinch victory in a meet record time of 13:32.94, supported by Ben Shearer in fourth place (13:39.52) and Kirami Yego in seventh (13:51.98).

The relay team for the Razorbacks comprised TJ Tomlyanovich (45.5), Lance Lang (44.3), Steven McElroy (44.77), and James Benson (44.18). Despite a strong anchor leg from Alabama, Benson’s lean secured the win for Arkansas.

Heading into the final event, Arkansas led with 100 points, followed closely by Texas A&M (98.5), Alabama (96), and Florida (94).

The final day of the SEC Championships saw Arkansas finish seventh in the 4 x 100m relay with a time of 39.45, and later, Lang’s impressive performance in the 100m and 200m races. Lang clocked 10.16 in the 100m and achieved a career-best time of 20.04 in the 200m, moving him to No. 2 on the UA all-time list.

Additionally, William Spencer, Jr. scored points in the 110m hurdles, setting a career best of 13.69 in sixth place, while Elijah Morris finished seventh in 13.74. Spencer also performed well in the 400m hurdles, achieving a career-best time of 49.77, placing him fifth on the UA all-time list.

Freshman John Scott Kendricks narrowly missed adding to the team’s tally, finishing ninth in the pole vault with a mark of 17-0.75 (5.20m).

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