Year of the Razorback: SEC Championships and Individual Honors and Awards
Throughout its rich history, the University of Arkansas has won numerous conference championships in a multitude of sports. The Razorbacks competed for conference titles in the Southwestern Conference, before moving to the Southeastern Conference 30 years ago.
Arkansas has done more than just hold its place in the SEC, winning more than 150 conference crowns during its tenure. However, the 2020-21 athletic year is the only one topped the list – producing the most abundant SEC championship in school history.
By the time the balls stopped bouncing and all sports crossed the finish line, Arkansas had won 10 SEC regular season and tournament championships, including a full sweep of the cross country and the men’s and women’s track and field, a repeat of the football championship and the program’s first softball. Title. Arkansas topped the most competitive conference in the country, winning 10 of 29 SEC titles combined while overtaking the next closest conference program (Alabama – 5) in SEC material.
Along the way, the Razorback student-athletes took home SEC, regional and national honors for their efforts, led by Kevin Kopps, Howser Trophy winner and National Consensus College Baseball Player of the Year. Segundo Olivia Pinto won an SEC Men’s Individual Golf Championship, Chelsea Dungee was one of the WNBA’s top five draft picks and countless other All-Americans, Player of the Year and school record holders shone.
The Arkansas No.1 baseball team culminated their historic regular season with a No.9 Florida Gators sweep in front of a sold-out Razorback crowd at Baum-Walker Stadium. More than 33,000 fans were on hand to encourage the Hogs to win their first SEC overall title since 2004 and their first outright SEC crown since 1999. The Razorbacks have also only become the second team, since the SEC went down. extended to 30 games, to win all 10 of their lecture series.
Baseball (SEC tournament)
Arkansas closed its regular-season SEC championship with the program’s first SEC tournament championship in the 2021 SEC baseball tournament. The Razorbacks swept four games in Hoover, including a 7-2 victory over No.4 Tennessee in the SEC tournament championship game to win both titles. Arkansas has only become the third SEC team since league play expanded in 2012 to win both the regular season and tournament championships in the same season.
Cross-country skiing men
Coach Chris Bucknam and the men’s cross country team won another SEC trophy at the 2020 SEC Men’s Cross Country Championship. The No.1 Razorbacks edged their closest competitor by 14 points to claim the crown. Arkansas have won 26 men’s cross country titles in 30 tries since the Razorbacks joined the SEC.
Women’s cross-country skiing
Coach Lance Harter and the women’s cross country team won their eighth consecutive SEC Cross Country title at the 2020 SEC Women’s Cross Country Championship. The No. 1 women’s team Razorback scored 41 points and improved the peloton of 16 points. Arkansas has won nine straight cross country races, dating back to 2019.
Men’s indoor athletics
Razorback’s men’s track and field team showed tremendous depth in every event, racking up 116 team points in 17 events, although they didn’t win an individual event or relay title, to win the SEC 2021 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship. It was the first time in SEC Indoor history, dating back to 1957, that a team had achieved a championship in this manner. The team crown was the Hogs’ 24th in 30 tries since joining the SEC. Arkansas was second on the other six occasions.
The No. 1 women’s track and field team made their own history by winning a seventh consecutive SEC indoor title. Arkansas had 141 points, second in school history, and topped the field by more than 60 points. Krissy Gear won the individual mile title, becoming the fourth consecutive Razorback to win the mile in the conference hall meet. In the 4 × 400 relay, Arkansas produced a school record of 3: 28.50, which also broke the competitive record set by LSU in 2005, making the Razorbacks the sixth-fastest school in college history. .
Outdoor athletics for men
The Razorback men’s outdoor track and field team outlived their competition to capture their 20e SEC Outdoor team championship and its 16e SEC Triple Crown. Coach Chris Bucknam’s team accumulated 26 points in the 5,000-meter race to reach a total of 109 team points. Arkansas earned a 20-point victory over second-place Alabama and a 21-point margin over third-place LSU.
Outdoor athletics for women
It was another championship season for the Razorback Women’s Track and Field Championships with Coach Lance Harter’s team completing a triple SEC crown with a victory at the 2021 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. outdoor SEC title and won his seventh triple SEC crown by surpassing the league standings by 6.5 points over the No.1 LSU. It was the 20e conference crown in the last 21 SEC championships contested in cross country, indoor and outdoor athletics.
Coach Colby Hale’s team finished the fall regular season 9-1, including winning the SEC West Division and tied for the SEC title with Texas A&M. It was the second straight SEC regular season title for the Razorbacks after also winning the crown in 2019.
It was also a historic season for Razorback Softball, as Courtney Deifel, SEC Coach of the Year, led her team to the first SEC regular season championship in school history. Arkansas finished 43-11 on the season and shared the regular season title with Florida. Arkansas became the first team other than Alabama or Florida to win at least a share of the SEC regular season title since 2007.
Razorback Individual Honors and Awards
- Kevin Kopps, BA – Dick Howser Trophy, National Player of the Year, Stopper of the Year, Consensus All-American, SEC Pitcher of the Year
- Grant morgan, FB – Walter Camp All-American; Burlsworth Trophy Finalist
- Braxton Burnside, SB – All-American, school record for home run
- Moses Moody, MBK – SEC Freshman of the Year, All-American
- Chelsea overalls, WBK – 5e WNBA Draft Pick
- Taylor Ewert, WXC – SEC Freshman of the Year
- Segundo Olivia Pinto, MGF – SEC Male Golf Champion
- Julien perico, MGF – Selected and competed in the Palmer Cup
- Brooke Matthews, WGF – selected and competed in the Palmer Cup
- Jillian gillen, VB – SEC Fellow Athlete of the Year
- taylor head, VB – SEC Freshman of the Year
- Anna Podojil and Parker Goins, SOC – All-Americans