Arkansas cross country men and women sweep SEC titles

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The Arkansas mens and womens cross country teams both captured SEC championships on a wet day at Gans Creek on Friday.

The Hogs women won their ninth straight XC league title and 22nd overall. The men picked up their 27th overall with the win.

Krissy Gear won the bronze medal in leading the women to victory. She was followed by Isabel Van Camp in 10th, Lauren Gregory in 12th and Meghan Underwood in 18th. Their finishes helped hold off Ole Miss and Alabama, which finished second and third.

“We’re overjoyed. We knew that if there was going to be an ultimate challenge it was going to be this year. It’s getting tougher because the SEC is catching up with us, particularly by Alabama and Ole Miss,” Arkansas coach Lance Harter said.

On the mens side, Amon Kimboi finished with the silver medal to pace the way for the No. 6 Hogs. He was 3 1/2 seconds behind winner Eliud Kipsang of Alabama. Jacob McLeod was the next Arkansas finisher in fifth, while Myles Richter, Andrew Kibet and Emmanuel Cheboson went 10th, 11th and 12th.

It was the 19th time since joining the SEC in 1991 that Arkansas won both the men’s and women’s titles in the same year.