Razorbacks win SEC outdoor title

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Running its streak of consecutive overall league titles to seven, the Arkansas men’s track and field team won the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships this weekend.

With the help of five SEC even titles — all won Sunday — the Razorbacks finished the meet with 152.5 points to complete the program’s second-consecutive SEC Triple Crown. The win also marks the 18th SEC outdoor team title in program history, and third in a row for Arkansas.

Sunday’s highlights featured event titles from Leoman Momoh at 800 meters, Patrick Rono at 1,500 meters, Kemoy Campbell at 5,000 meters, Caleb Cross in the 400-meter hurdles and Andrew Irwin in the pole vault. With the weekend collection, the Razorbacks have now racked up 112 SEC titles in the program’s history.

Women finish third

COLUMBIUA, Mo. — The Arkansas women’s track and field team finished in third place at this weekend’s SEC Outdoor Championships.

The Razorbacks finished the meet with 109 points behind five even titles, three of which were won on Sunday. On the last day of competition, Arkansas collected SEC titles in the 400 meters, 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay.

The Razorbacks finished the weekend with five conference wins, including victories earlier in the weekend by Makeba Alcide in the heptathlon and Grace Heymsfield in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The team‘s finished marked the fourth straight top-four finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships. The top-four teams at this year’s SEC meet were separated by just 11 points.

Arkansas capped its weekend with a first-place performance in the 4x400-meter relay, the program’s third in the last four years. The team of Gwendolyn Flowers, Regina George, Sparkle McKnight and Chrishuna Williams combined for a winning time of 3:30.06, more than a second faster than the event runner-up.


James, Allen headline NBA’s All-Defensive Team

New York — Miami forward LeBron James and Memphis guard Tony Allen headline the 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive Team.

James and Allen each received 25 first-place votes in the balloting among the league’s 30 head coaches. Allen finished with 53 points overall, while James had 52.

The other members of the first team were Clippers guard Chris Paul, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and New York’s Tyson Chandler and Chicago’s Joakim Noah, who tied for the center position.

James was named to the first team for the fifth consecutive year, while Allen, Paul and Ibaka were first-team selections for a second straight season.

For the second straight year, the league’s top defensive player was not among the first-team choices, as Memphis center Marc Gasol headlined the second team. Last year, Chandler won the individual award and was on the second team.

Joining Gasol on the second team were forwards Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Paul George of Indiana, and guards Avery Bradley of Boston and Mike Conley of Memphis.