“It turned out really well.”
Arkansas hadn't won a championship since 2006 under coach John McDonnell, who retired in 2008 and was replaced with Bucknam, the former Northern Iowa coach.
Bucknam had led the Razorbacks to four of the past five Southeastern Conference indoor titles, but he downplayed the significance of winning a national meet leading into this year's meet.
He wasn't downplaying it anymore following Saturday's win, especially after Arkansas' 4x400 team won the final event of the evening — after which the Razorbacks drenched their coach with a well-deserved ice-water bath.
“It was a tough nut to crack, there's no question about it,” Bucknam said.
In the individual events, Mississippi State's Erica Bougard won the pentathlon with 4,399 points.
Last year's Olympic bronze medalist in the high jump, Derek Drouin of Indiana, won the event at 7 feet, 8 1 / 2 inches. The indoor championship is his third in the past four years.
Virginia Tech's Alexander Ziegler won the weight throw with a mark of 73 feet, 8 1 / 4 inches.
Oklahoma senior Tia Brooks won her second straight shot put title, her third overall, with a collegiate record throw of 63 feet, 3 / 4 inches.
Emma Coburn of Colorado won the women's mile in 4:29.91, while Arizona's Lang set a meet record in the men's event with a time of 3:54.74.
Clemson junior Brianna Rollins ran the second-fastest time in collegiate history in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.79 seconds. She now owns the three fastest times in the event, all set this year.
Eddie Lovett won the 60-meter hurdles for Florida in 7.50 seconds.
Georgia freshman Shaunae Miller held off Arkansas senior Regina George to win the women's 400 in 50.88 seconds.
Houston's Errol Nolan won the men's 400 in 45.75.
Aurieyall Scott topped the women's field in the 60-meter dash in 7.13 seconds, and Mississippi State's D'Angelo Cherry won the men's event in 6.54.
Texas Tech's Bryce Lamp won the men's triple jump at 55 feet, 7 3 / 4 inches, while Kansas' Andrea Geubelle won the women's event with a jump of 46 feet, 6 1 / 4 inches.
Natalia Bartnovskaya also earned 10 points for the Kansas women with a mark of 14 feet, 7 1 / 4 inches in her pole vault win.
LSU's Natoya Goule won the women's 800-meter run in 2:02, while Oregon's Elijah Greer won the men's 800 in 1:47.13.