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Arkansas leads track championships

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SEC Indoor Track & Field Friday Results

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Arkansas men's and women's teams lead the 2015 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships following the opening day of competition on Friday at the E.J. Nutter Field House on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

The final day of the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships begins at 10 a.m. ET Saturday. Live coverage of the event will be available on SEC Network + from 1:50-6:30 p.m. ET, including the post-meet trophy presentations.

Tickets will be on sale at the main entrance of Nutter Field House. Single-session tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 3-18) and seniors (65 and older) and free for children ages 2 and under.

The Arkansas men currently lead the team standings with 33 total team points, while Florida is second with 24 points and Auburn is third with 20 points. Tennessee is currently fourth with 19 points and Alabama is fifth with 16 points.

The Arkansas women headline the team standings with 49.5 total team points, while Georgia is second with 22 and Kentucky is third with 19. Auburn is fourth with 16, while Tennessee and LSU are tied for fifth with 15.

On the men's side, Florida leads all running-event qualifiers from Friday's prelims with 10, while LSU is second with seven. Arkansas and Ole Miss each have six running event qualifiers. On the women's side, Florida leads all running-event qualifiers from Friday's prelims with eight, while Arkansas and Kentucky each have seven.

Arkansas' Sandi Morris won the women's pole vault title with an SEC meet-record leap of 4.66m/15-3.50. She shattered the previous meet record of 14-11 set by Arkansas' Tina Sutej in 2012. Morris took three unsuccessful tries at a new collegiate record of 4.76m, but finished with the best-ever collegiate pole vault mark not at altitude. Auburn's Jessie Johnson and Arkansas' Ariel Voskap tied for second with marks of 4.28m/14-0.50.

Georgia's Kendell Williams claimed the women's pentathlon title with the No. 8 score in collegiate history at 4,519. She became the first Georgia athlete to win the women's pentathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships since Hyleas Fountain in 2003 and 2004. Mississippi State's Erica Bougard, the 2014 SEC Champion, was second with a score of 4,376, while Georgia's Quintunya Chapman was in third with 4,244 points.

Kentucky's Sha'Keela Saunders captured the women's long jump title to help the Wildcats to a 1-2 finish in the event. Saunders recorded a leap of 6.55m/21-6 to become the first Kentucky athlete since Cathy Barber in 1984 to claim the event title. Teammate Kenyattia Hackworth was second (6.49m/21-3.50), while Georgia freshman Keturah Orji was third (6.43m/21-1.25).

Georgia's Garrett Scantling leads the men's heptathlon following the opening four events. He currently has 3,392 points, while teammate Maicel Uibo is second with 3,283 and Texas A&M's Lindon Victor is third with 3,204.

Auburn's DJ Smith claimed the men's high jump crown with a leap of 2.22m/7-3.25 to give the Tigers their first SEC indoor men's high jump title since Donald Thomas in 2007. Alabama's Justin Fondren and Arkansas' Ken LeGassey tied for second with marks of 2.19m/7-2.25.

Tennessee's Cameron Brown won the men's weight throw with a toss of 22.60m/74-1.75 to make him UT's first-ever winner in the men's weight throw. Teammate Tavis Bailey was second with a mark of 21.49m/70-6.25, while Alabama's Daniel Haugh was third at 20.90m/68-7.

LSU's Tori Bliss won the women's shot put event with an SEC record toss of 18.31m/60-1 to give the Tigers their first SEC crown in the event since Danyel Mitchell won three in a row from 1992-94. Bliss broke the previous meet record of 59-4.25 set by former Florida standout Mariam Kevkishvili in 2010. Bliss moved into the No. 7 spot on the all-time collegiate throwers list. Missouri's Jill Rushin was second with a toss of 17.61m/57-9.50, while Tennessee's Cassie Wertman was third with a throw of 17.16m/56-3.75.

Florida's Marquis Dendy won the men's long jump for the third time in his career, using a mark of 8.00m/26-3. He became the first three-time winner of the event since Arkansas' Erick Walder from 1992-94. Texas A&M's Olabanji Asekun was second (7.66m/25-1.75), while Ole Miss' Phillip Young was third (7.65m/25-1.25).

Two-time SEC cross country champion Dominique Scott won the women's 3,000-meter run in a time of 9:17.24 to make her the first Arkansas athlete to win the event since Kristen Gillespie in 2012. Razorback teammate Diane Robison was second in 9:21.13, while Tennessee's Chelsea Blaase was third in 9:26.06.

Arkansas' Kemoy Campbell won the men's 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:00.27. It was the Razorbacks' first men's 3,000-meter title since Dorian Ulrey won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Arkansas' Stanley Kebenei was second in a time of 8:02.64, while Florida's Mark Parrish was third in 8:05.70.

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SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships (February 27, 2015 - Lexington, Ky.)

Men's Team Scores (through 4 of 17 events)
1. Arkansas (33)
2. Florida (24)
3. Auburn (20)
4. Tennessee (19)
5. Alabama (16)
6. Texas A&M (15)
7. Ole Miss (11)
8. Georgia (9)
9. Missouri (7)
T10. Kentucky (1)
T10. LSU (1)

Women's Team Scores (through 5 of 17 events)
1. Arkansas (49.50)
2. Georgia (22)
3. Kentucky (19)
4. Auburn (16)
T5. Tennessee (15)
T5. LSU (15)
7. Missouri (14)
8. Florida (13)
9. Texas A&M (12.50)
10. Mississippi State (9)
11. Alabama (7)
12. Ole Miss (3)