Arkansas Razorback Fan Choice Awards: Olympic Sport Team of the Year

Walt Beazley

Some of the most successful teams on campus don't get the exposure of the big three. So lets take the time to recognize their accomplishments this year.

Women's Soccer, 15-8-1 (5-6), Sweet Sixteen

Colby Hale's second season at the helm of the Razorback soccer program was the most successful season in program history. They started the season 7-0 and broke into the top 25 rankings. The highlight of the regular season was a 3-0 shellacking of #14 Kentucky in Lexington. They defeated Oklahoma State 2-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Then won a 1-0 decision over St. John's, before falling to Duke in penalty kicks in the Sweet Sixteen

Women's Outdoor Track & Field, SEC Champions, 9th Place Nationally

Their 123 points in the SEC Championship meet meant they captured their 4th SEC outdoor title and the program's first since 2004. The trio of Razorbacks finished 1-2-3 in the 5K event, giving the Hogs 24 points and securing the title over Florida. At nationals, they scored three points in the 4X400 relay, three points in the 5K, and one point in the 1.5K to give them seven points, good enough for 9th overall in the country.

Men's Cross Country, SEC Champions, 12th Place Nationally

Razorback runners finished 1-2-3 to capture their fourth-straight SEC Championship and their 21st in 23 years. Kemoy Campbell finished the race in SEC Championship record time of 22:58.73, beating the previous record by 11 seconds. Stanley Kebenei finished 6th at the national meet to help the Razorbacks to a 12th place finish at NCAAs.

Gymnastics, 15th Place Nationally, Katherine Grable Wins 2 Individual National Titles

How tough is the SEC in gymnastics? Four of the final top five teams hail from this most glorious of conferences. But still, the Gymbacks were very competitive, finishing with a #15 overall ranking, a team upset victory over #9 Nebraska in Lincoln, and home of the SEC Gymnast of the Year in Katherine Grable, who went on to win the national championship in both vault and floor exercise, and was the runner-up in the all-around competition. Amanda Wellick won SEC Freshman of the Year, hopefully a sign of more great things to come.

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