TUSCALOOSA, Ala-----The Georgia men and the Arkansas women currently hold the team leads entering the final day of competition at the 2016 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the University of Alabama's Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium.
The Georgia men lead the team standings with 46 total team points, while Arkansas is second with 45 and Texas A&M is third with 34. Alabama (4th, 30) and Kentucky (5th, 27) round out the men's top-five through seven of 21 events scored.
The Arkansas women lead the team standings with 44.0 total team points, while Texas A&M is second with 28 and Alabama is third with 27. Tennessee (4th, 26) and Kentucky (5th, 24) round out the women's top-five through seven of 21 events scored.
Mississippi State's Erica Bougard defended her title in the women's heptathlon with 6,170 points - the second highest total in the nation this season. Bougard is the first repeat winner in the heptathlon since Arkansas' GiGi Miller in 2000 and 2001. Texas A&M's Annie Kunz was second with 5,976 points, while Arkansas' Payton Stumbaugh placed third with 5,955 points.
Alabama's Quanesha Burks defended her title in the long jump with a mark of 6.77m/22-2.5. She is the first repeat winner in the event since Shara Proctor of Florida in 2009 and 2010. Kentucky's Sha'Keela Saunders was second with a mark of 6.61m/21-8.25, while Chanice Porter of Georgia was third with a 6.60m/21-8.
Texas A&M's Maggie Malone set an SEC championship record with a winning throw of 59.50m/195-2 to become the first Aggie to win the event. Florida's Marija Vucenovic was second at 57.81m/189-8, and LSU's Rebekah Wales was third at 55.04m/180-7.
Georgia's Ashinia Miller won the SEC men's shot put title with a toss of 19.67m/64-6.5. He is Georgia's second champion in the event since 2010. Bulldog freshman Denzel Comenntia was second with a throw of 19.53m/64-1 and Alabama's Kord Ferguson was third at 19.05m/62-6.
Arkansas' Jarrion Lawson, who was the SEC indoor champion in the long jump earlier this year, claimed the title outdoors with a leap of 7.91m/25-11.5. Texas A&M's Will Williams was second with a mark of 7.82m/25-8, while Florida's KeAndre Bates was third at 7.78m/25-6.25.
Ole Miss' Raven Saunders swept the 2016 SEC indoor and outdoor shot put with a mark of 18.58m/60-11.5 on Friday. Tennessee's Cassie Wertman came in second with a 17.17m/56-4, and Auburn's Valentina Muzaric was third at 16.92m/55-6.25.
Texas A&M's Lindon Victor set an SEC Championship record with a 8,446 total points to win the men's decathlon. It was the fourth best score on the all-time collegiate list. Three-time champion Maicel Uibo was second with 8,315 total points and the Bulldogs' Devon Williams was third with 8,116.
The Aggies' Ioannis Kyriazis won the men's javelin with a facility record throw of 78.24m/256-8. He finished ahead of Missouri's Reinhard Van Zyl (75.91m/249-0) and Mississippi State's Curtis Thompson (71.82m/235-7).
Arkansas' Jessica Kamilos captured the SEC women's steeplechase championship for the second year in a row in a meet, facility and school record time of 9:48.16. It is the fourth consecutive title for the Razorbacks in that event, as Grace Heymsfield won in 2013 and 2014. Mississippi State's Cornelia Griesche was second in 9:51.66, while Arkansas' Devin Clark was third in 9:54.83.
Arkansas' Frankline Tonui won the SEC men's steeplechase championship in a time of 8:39.82. Arkansas' Cale Wallace was second in 8:41.47, while MJ Erb of Ole Miss was third in 8:43.06.
The SEC Outdoor Championships continue with the final day on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. CT. Adult single day tickets are $10, while student single day tickets are $5. VIP adult tickets are $15 and VIP student single day tickets are $10.
Men's Team Standings: 1. Georgia (46); 2. Arkansas (45); 3. Texas A&M (34); 4. Alabama (30); 5. Kentucky (27); 6. Missouri (23); 7. Ole Miss (19); 8. Florida (18); 9. South Carolina (10); 10. Tennessee (7); 11. Mississippi State (6); 12. Auburn (5); 13. LSU (3).
Women's Team Standings: 1. Arkansas (44); 2. Texas A&M (28); 3. Alabama (27); 4. Tennessee (26); 5. Kentucky (24); 6. Georgia (23); 7. Florida (22); 7. Mississippi State (22); 9. Ole Miss (21); 10. Auburn (17); 11. Missouri (8); 12. LSU (7); South Carolina (4).