The Razorback men’s cross country team took the top three sports at the Southeastern Conference cross country championship Friday in Gainesville, Fla., to earn its fourth straight conference title.

Senior Kemoy Campbell led the Razorbacks, earning the individual title with a SEC Championship record time of 22:58.73.

The previous record, set in 2004 by Arkansas’ Josphat Boit, was 23:09.91. He also set a course record at the Mark Bostick Golf Course, beating the previous best time of 23:34.0.

“It’s a really good feeling to win the SEC Championship,” Campbell said. “Last year I didn’t get it, so this year I came back stronger thinking I’d win it. That was the whole plan, and I actually executed the plan really well.”

Junior Stanley Kebenei and senior Solomon Haile finished second and third, respectively. Kebenei completed the course in 23:40.12 while Haile took 23:54.87 to finish the race.

The fourth place finisher, Lucas Baker of Gerogia, crossed the finish line three seconds after Haile.

Sophomore Gabe Gonzales and freshman Cale Wallace finished the race for the Razorbacks in the 10th and 15th places, respectively.

“We had a good meet," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "We've been preparing for the SEC meet all year. You know I said it last week and I'll say it again, this is the most important meet of the year for us. This SEC Championship, we don't take it lightly. Yeah, we want to do well at nationals, but this is the meet that we point toward and it is really special for us to hoist another SEC trophy."

Campbell, Kebenei and Haile were each named to the All-SEC first team and Gonzales earned a spot on the second team.

Sophomore Patrick Rono and senior David Flynn finished 18th and 19th, respectively, to round out a group of seven Razorbacks that finished in the top 20.

 

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