It's an odd year, which means it was Larry Shipp's turn to win the 60-yard high hurdles in the National Invitational indoor meet at Cole Field House last night.
Shipp, back in training only a few days after taking an unsuccessful crack at pro football, nipped Willie Dovenport in 7.1 seconds and ended the 33-year-old Davenport's dream of an unbeaten indoor season.
Shipp, the St. Albans graduate who went on to Louisiana State, was the hurdles victor in 1973 and 1975.
"My goals were to go undefeated or to a set a world record," Davenport said. "Obviously, I can't do one, but I have the whole indoor season to set while (Hayes Jones first run 6.8 in the record. It's been around a long 1964 and Davenport has twice matched it), but under the right conditions with the right competition it can be done."
Davenport has an ambitious schedule. He left imediately after the meet to compete in this afternoon's televised Sunkist meet in Los Angeles and he will fly to Australia tonight, hurdling there the same day he gets off the plane.
Pace-setting Byron Dyce tripped as the gun signaled the final lap of the 880 and stumbled from the track, enabling Mark Belger of Villanova to score an easy victory in 1:494 Carto Grippo of Italy was second.
Lorna Forde of Barbados gained an easy decision over Robin Campbell in the women's 440.
Steve Riddick, the anchorman of the United States 400-meter-relay gold medalists at Montreal, had no difficulty in winning the 60-yard dash from Harvey Glance, the leadoff man of that quartet. Riddick was firmed in 6.0. with Ed Preston second and Glance third.
Elvira Possekel of West Germany scored just as onesided a triumph in the women's version, speeding home in 6.7 seconds. Preida Davy of Barbados, representing the D.C. Striders, placed second in 6.9. The third Olympian in the field, Shella Ingram of Washington was fourth in 7.0.
Carol Thompson, the pentathlon specialist from the Delaware Sports Club outlegged a weak field in the women's 60-yard hurdles in 7.9. Lorraine Tummings of the Brooklyn Atoms was second in the same time. Atoms teammate Carmen Brown was third , and Olympian Gaye Dell of Australia was an condistanced fifth.
Virginia State captured the opening mile relay in 3:213, edging East Carolina by two-tenths of a second. Barrington Smith clocked 48.6 on the third leg for the winners.
Villanova's B team destroyed Howard and Catholic with a line 7.413 effort in an early two-mile relay.