So exactly how dominant has UA track and field been over the decades, anyway?

I admit it.

I don’t follow track nearly as much as I should. My roommate during my freshman year at the University of Arkansas, Ramon Washington, was a triple jumper on the UA sqad, but I am ashamed to say I never watched him compete.

Over the years, I’ve taken it for granted my alma mater would consistently pump up out national championship caliber cross country and track and field teams. So much so, I never actually examined how many national championships these programs won.

That ends now:

Men’s Cross Country

NCAA Championships – 11 Titles

Year     UA Points     Runner-up    Points  Margin     Host
1984        101                Arizona            111         10       Penn State
1986         69                  Dartmouth     141         72       Arizona
1987         87                 Dartmouth      119        32       Virginia
1990         68                  Iowa State       96          28        Tennessee
1991          52                  Iowa State       114       62         Arizona
1992          46                  Wisconsin        87        41         Indiana
1993          31                   BYU                   153      122      Lehigh
1995         100                N. Arizona       142      42         Iowa State
1998          97                  Stanford           114       17        Kansas
1999          58                  Wisconsin        185       127      Indiana
2000        83                   Colorado          94          11         Iowa

Men’s Indoor Track and Field

NCAA Championships – 19 Titles*
Year   UA Points   Runner-up     Points      Margin      Site
1984          38             Iowa State      36               2     Syracuse, N.Y.
1985          70            Tennessee       29             41     Syracuse, N.Y.
1986          49             Villanova        22             27    Okla. City, Okla.
1987          39             SMU               31               8     Okla. City, Okla.
1988          34              Illinois        29                5     Okla. City, Okla.
1989          34             Florida             31               3  Indianapolis, Ind.
1990         44              Florida             29             15  Indianapolis, Ind.
1991          34              Georgetown    27              7  Indianapolis, Ind.
1992          53              Clemson           46              7  Indianapolis, Ind.
1993          66              Clemson           30             36 Indianapolis, Ind.
1994          94               Tennessee       40             54  Indianapolis, Ind.
1995          59               Tenn./G. Mason  26       33  Indianapolis, Ind.
1997          59             Auburn              27            32  Indianapolis, Ind.
1998          56             Stanford            36.5       19.5  Indianapolis, Ind.
1999          65             Stanford            42.5       22.5  Indianapolis, Ind.
2000        69.5           Stanford           52           17.5  Fayetteville, Ark.
2003         54             Auburn               30            24    Fayetteville, Ark.
2005        56              Florida               46             10     Fayetteville, Ark.
2006        53              LSU                      45             8     Fayetteville, Ark.

*Yes, I wonder if the Hogs’ 12 consecutive national titles 1985-95 qualifies for a NCAA Division I record. No, I don’t wonder enough to scroll through the history of each of the sports listed hereYes, I wonder if I can pay somebody on Fiverr $5 to do it instead.

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

NCAA Championships – 10 Titles

Year  UA Points   Runner-up   Points   Margin  Site
1985      61            Wash. State     46           15     Austin, Texas
1992      60            Tennessee      46.5       13.5  Austin, Texas
1993      69             LSU/Ohio St  45           24    New Orleans, La.
1994      83             UTEP               45            38    Boise, Idaho
1995      61.5          UCLA              55           6.5  Knoxville, Tenn.
1996      55             George Mason  40       15   Eugene, Ore.
1997      55             Texas              42.5       12.5  Bloomington, Ind.
1998      58.5         Stanford        51            7.5   Buffalo, N.Y.
1999      59             Stanford        52               7    Boise, Idaho
2003     59             Auburn          50               9  Sacramento, Calif.

As you can see, the titles have tried up in recent seasons, but the legacy endures. Surprisingly, the UA women, as a team, have not yet won an NCAA title in cross country, indoor or outdoor track.

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One Comment on “So exactly how dominant has UA track and field been over the decades, anyway?”

  1. [...] break down the year-by-year results for track and cross country here. It’s worth noting that through the ’80s and ’90s the Hogs won 12 straight indoor [...]


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