Central region

South Central Region honors for Lauren Gregory and Chris Johnson


NEW ORLEANS — A pair of Razorbacks were honored with USTFCCCA South Central Region honors as Lauren Gregory took home the Runner of the Year award while Arkansas Associate Head Coach Chris Johnson, was named assistant coach of the year, according to the coaches’ vote.

Gregory drove in 11 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing third in the 3,000m with a time of 8:59.50 and fourth in the 5,000m with a career best 15:32.95. Arkansas totaled 40 points in the competition to place fourth.

At the SEC Indoor Championships, Gregory shared high points honors by totaling 20 points in winning the 3,000m, placing second in the mile and anchoring the medley relay to a second-place finish.

Gregory’s career-best marks also included 4:32.67 in the mile and 8:53.77 in the 3,000m. On the UA all-time lists, Gregory is No. 4 in the mile, No. 2 in the 3,000m and No. 2 in the 5,000m.

Johnson earned his fourth indoor accolade in the South Central region with the Razorbacks. He also earned four consecutive indoor honors in the Mid-Atlantic region with Penn State from 2008-2011.

Overall, including outdoor season honors, Johnson’s area coaching award total is 13 with three national coaching accolades.

In addition to Arkansas earning a fourth-place trophy at the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships, the Razorbacks totaled 127.5 points in capturing an eighth straight SEC indoor title.

Johnson’s group of events provided 18.5 of Arkansas’ 40 points in the NCAA indoor game, as well as 50 points in the conference game.

Johnson had 12 entries from six qualifying events for the NCAA Indoor Championships. They combined for seven first-team All-America honors and eight second-team honors.

The Razorbacks broke the collegiate record for the 4×400 relay with a 3:24.09 victory at the SEC Indoor, cutting a stunning two seconds off the previous record of 3:26.27 set by Texas A&M in 2021. The performance ranks n #4 on the all-time world list behind a pair of Russian brands and one from Team USA.

Britton Wilson anchored the collegiate record performance with a 49.83 split, the second fastest split ever run indoors and only the fourth split in under 50 seconds. Wilson finished second in the 400m with a UA school record 50.88 seconds.

Arkansas capped the NCAA indoor meet with a 3:27.23 win in the 4×400 relay, the eighth fastest performance on the collegiate roster all-time.