Griffith Garners SEC Indoor Runner of the Year, Bucknam Named Coach of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas senior Cameron Griffith earned SEC Indoor Runner of the Year honors while Razorback head coach Chris Bucknam was selected as SEC Indoor Coach of the Year through voting by the 15 conference coaches.

Coach Bucknam received the SEC Indoor Coach of the Year honor for the ninth time. Overall, it’s his 22nd SEC coaching honor – cross country (8), indoor (9), outdoor (5).

Griffith produced 20 points in his final SEC Indoor Championships, claiming the Cliff Harper Trophy as the men’s high-point scorer, as Arkansas won the team championship by 18 points over LSU, 106-88. Griffith won the 3,000m title for the third consecutive year, placed second in the mile and ran anchor leg of the silver medal distance medley relay.

“The award epitomizes everything Cameron is about,” stated Bucknam. “Since the day he got here until his last conference championship it was all about the team. He would ask ‘what can I do, how many races coach, whatever you need.’

“We’ve been fortunate and have had many, many guys like that and he just fits into that Razorback tradition of great middle-distance runners. They usually carry a big workload when it comes to a team championship.”

In winning the SEC Indoor 3,000m title a third time, Griffith became just the third runner in the conference to achieve the feat. He joined Razorback Ryan Wilson (1996-98) and Tennessee’s Glenn Morgan (1988-90).

This year marked the 12th time a Razorback was the high-point scorer at the SEC Indoor Championships and the fifth time Arkansas has received the Runner of the Year honor. Previously, Razorbacks were chosen five times as SEC Indoor Athlete of the Year, before running and field event honors were awarded separately starting in 2004.

Cliff Harper Trophy – High-Point Scorer (Arkansas Razorbacks)
1993 Erick Walder, 20
1994 Erick Walder, 20
1996 Ryan Wilson, 20
1997 Robert Howard, 20
1998 Matt Kerr, 20.5
2002 Alistair Cragg, 20
2003 Alistair Cragg, 20
2004 Alistair Cragg, 20
2010 Dorian Ulrey, 22.5
2015 Kemoy Campbell, 20
2018 Kenzo Cotton, 18
2020 Cameron Griffith, 20

SEC Athlete of the Year
1993 Erick Walder
1994 Erick Walder
1996 Ryan Wilson
1997 Robert Howard
2003 Alistair Cragg

SEC Runner of the Year
2004 Alistair Cragg
2009 Dorian Ulrey
2010 Dorian Ulrey
2015 Omar McLeod
2020 Cameron Griffith

2020 SEC Indoor Track and Field Awards

Men’s Runner of the Year: Cameron Griffith, Arkansas
Men’s Field Athlete of the Year: Carey McLeod, Tennessee
Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year: Matthew Boling, Georgia
Men’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Kyle Garland, Georgia
Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jon Bishop, Texas A&M
Men’s Coach of the Year: Chris Bucknam, Arkansas