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Arkansas closes in on men's, women's sweep

Saturday went to the Razorbacks.

But the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships are all about Sunday, when the three-day meet concludes in Nutter Field House.

The Arkansas men, chasing a fifth consecutive SEC title, a 12th in 13 years, lead Florida 37-33 through five events. However, Saturday's prelims saw the Gators advance in 12 slots to the finals. Arkansas advanced eight.

"I think we're in position tomorrow to have a good meet," Arkansas Coach Chris Bucknam said. "Not predicting anything except that we're going to try to do our best individually. If everybody does that, we'll have a shot."

The Arkansas women enter Sunday with a 45-32 lead over LSU. While the Razorbacks survived prelims in four spots, LSU advanced in 10.

There are plenty of other challengers.

Third-place Kentucky advanced Jessica Ortman in both the mile and 800 meters.

Fourth-place Tennessee qualified in eight spots. Lurking way back in 10th place, with just 2.5 points, South Carolina led all women's teams with 13 qualifiers.

The Kentucky, LSU and South Carolina men advanced seven each. UK and LSU are tied for ninth with six points. Carolina is fifth with 19.

UK's qualifiers included Rondel Sorrillo, making his debut after transferring from the University of Trinidad.

A 2008 Olympian at 200 meters, he led all qualifiers in the 60, clocked in 6.60.

"Did I expect him to run that fast? Honestly, no. Not this first time out," said Erin Tucker, UK's sprints and hurdles coach. "But you can see when he runs and when he warms up that he has it. He has the goods."

Third-place Tennessee had six qualifications, on top of winning three of Saturday's five finals: Brenard Wilson, high jump; Nick Panezich, shot put; and Michael Ayers, heptathlon.

Arkansas' Dorian Ulrey scorched the last lap of the 3,000 meters, moving from fifth place to winner. His time, 7 minutes, 55.56 seconds, set a field house record.

Florida freshman Christian Taylor won the long jump on his last chance, 25 feet, 31/2 inches.

Saturday's women's winners were Julianna Smith of Ole Miss in the weight throw, Rachel Laurent of LSU in the pole vault and Sarah Bowman of Tennessee in the 3,000.

Bowman took her third straight SEC title in the 3,000, and will try to do the same in Sunday's mile and distance medley relay.

"The mile is my event. It's the event I like the most," Bowman said. "So I'm excited. I feel good. It'll be fun."

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