RECAP: Arkansas Men, Kentucky Women Stand Out At National Relay Championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The National Relay Championships wrapped up Saturday at John McDonnell Field under crystal-clear skies and in front of a nationally-televised audience.

While it wasn’t part of the broadcast, both of the invitational triple jump competitions stole the show earlier in the day.

RESULTS: National Relay Championships

The men’s competition, won by Florida’s KeAndre Bates with a NCAA-leading, wind-legal mark of 16.69m (54-9¼), featured seven athletes who equaled or did better than 16.24m (53-3¼). Each of those seven athletes also improved upon their season bests by quite a bit.

Florida’s Yanis David delivered an all-time effort in the women’s competition. David bounded 14.13m (46-4¼) to become the seventh best performer in collegiate outdoor history with the 15th best performance. That came on her first jump of the final, right after Kentucky’s Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile PR’d with a mark of 14.00m (45-11¼) on her third attempt.

Once the lights turned on, the Arkansas men and Kentucky women put together the best team efforts. The Razorbacks and the Wildcats captured their respective team titles as the former edged Florida by nine points, while the latter ran away with the crown by 14 points.

Arkansas scored 52 total points with victories in the 4×100, 4×200 on Saturday and the 4×1500 on Friday. The Razorbacks blistered the track in the 4×100 as they posted an NCAA-leading time of 38.59, topping the previous No. 1 time of 38.84 by LSU.

The Gators finished runner-up in the men’s team standings with 43 points, while Kentucky (26), Virginia Tech (17) and Texas (15) rounded out the top-5.

Kentucky’s women crossed the finish line first in the 4×100 and 4×400 on Saturday. One day after lowering the world junior record to 53.60 in the 400 hurdles, Sydney McLaughlin clocked a relay split of 49.47 on the third leg of the 4×400 and gave the Wildcats an insurmountable lead.

Arkansas scored 28 team points finished runner-up to Kentucky. Baylor finished third with 26 points, while Oklahoma State and Texas both had 19 points for a fourth-place tie.