FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Razorbacks earned the program’s 41 NCAA team title with their first-place performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Arkansas scored 74 points to secure the team’s first national crown since 2006 and the program’s first under Bucknam. During the two-day meet, the Razorbacks claimed NCAA titles from Andrew Irwin in the pole vault, Kevin Lazas in the heptathlon and the team’s 4x400-meter relay which broke the collegiate record with its time of 3:03.50 in the final event of the weekend.
In its final national competition of the year, Arkansas posted a third-place result at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Razorbacks finished the four-day meet with 46.5 points, aided by a pair of NCAA runner-up showings by Raymond Higgs in the long jump and the 4x400-meter relay team of Neil Braddy, Caleb Cross, Akheem Gauntlett and Anton Kokorin. Arkansas scored points in 11 of the 13 events in which it had entries.
The John McDonnell Program of the Year Award, first presented in 2008-09, is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Fame and former Razorback head coach John McDonnell. His Arkansas teams won a combined 40 NCAA titles and finished in the top 10 in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field in 24 of his 36 seasons in Fayetteville. McDonnell guided Arkansas to five NCAA Triple Crowns.