Arizona State had a great time in Franklin Field today. To cap a championship triple in the 83rd Penn Relays, the Sun Devils clocked 3&01.9 for the climatic 1,600-meter event.
Villanova's Mark Belger enjoyed some great times, too. His 1:46.2 anchor half gave the Wildcats the sprint-medley title and he came back in 1:47.6 to wrap up 3,200-meter honors.Added to his 2:50.1 for 1,200 meters in Friday's distance medley, it gave him outsanding athlete honors.
Wilson Waigwa of Kenya covered the final quarter in 54.9 seconds to win the Ben Franklin Mile in 3:53.9, his best career performance, as the first six finishers went under four minutes.
Steve Riddick's perfect start was enough to hold off fast-closing Steve Williams and Don Quarrie in the 100 meters, as Riddick was timed in 10.31 and the others were within three-hundredths of a second.
Dwight Stones won the open high jump at 7 feet 4 1/2 inches, just one-half inch higher than the meet-record-tying performance by Arizona State's Kyle Arney in the college event.
Maryland collected some watches, too, and its best showing was sophomore Greg Robertson's triumph in the 110-meter high hurdles in 13.89 seconds. Ian Pyka won the shot and Jim Kirby the javelin, although neither approached his school-record performances of last week.
The D.C. Striders won two championships, each time capitalizing on misfortune for the Philadelphia Pioneers. Stan Vinson's 45.3 anchor 400 made up a 15-yard deficit in the club 1,600 relay as the Pioneers' Ronnie Ray pulled his left hamstring and had to be carried off after finishing. The Striders, with Fred Sowerby running 45.8 on the second leg, finished in 3:05.4.
In the club sprint medley, a botched baton exchange between 200-meter men Riddick and Charlie Joseph ruined the Pioneers and the Striders romped home in 3:18.8.
Besides its brilliant 1,600 time, a collegiate record. Arizona State won the 400 relay in 39.57 seconds and the 800 in 1:24.4. The latter time is technically a world record, slicing one-tenth of a second off the mark shared by Tennessee and the Italian national team. Southern California, however, has run 1:20.9 for 880 yards, a longer distance, although it is not eligible for record purposes because one member of the team was Jamaican Don Quarrie.
Tony Darden and Olympian Norman Frazier participated in all three Arizona State victories. Two Washington products carned watches, too, Steve Williams of Eastern leading off in the 400 and Cliff McKenzie of Ballou covering the first leg in the 1,600.
Waigwa charged from fourth place on the final lap to whip Steve Scott of California-Irvine, who said, "For him it's like running a 220-yard dash. He just jogs 700 yards and then kicks."
Oddly, Waigwa was a late entry, becoming available when injuries forced Texas-El Paso's distance medley team to withdraw. He was assigned the No. 9 listed in the program as Filbert Bayi, who did not come, and Waigwa certainly ran with all the class of the great Tanzanian runner.
Robertson professed to be "not happy timewise" after his prestigious hurdles success. "I want an electric 13.6 I can't reminisce on this. I have to do 13.6 or 13.7 consistently."
Besides its three winners, Maryland would revel in a fourth place 800-meter relay (1.24.7) and the second-place performances of high jumper Brian Kelly (7-1) and triple jumper Dennis Ivory (50-8 3/4). Still, the happiest moment for Terrapin coach Frank Costello probably came when Renaldo Nehemiah of Scotch Plains, N.J., clocked the fastest high school 400 split of 46.5 Nehemiah, America's best high school hurdler and a 25-11 longer jumper, will attend Maryland in the fall.
Tennessee, anchored by John Johnson, the T.C. Williams grad, set a meet record of 56.1 seconds in winning the 480-yard shuttle hurdles relay, but it was a rough trip.
Arizona State, which finished first, was disqualified for leaving too soon on the anchor leg. Tennessee was originally ruled out because its leadoff man, decathlete Russ Fritts, ran through the hurdles without making a proper attempt to clear them, but the appeals committee overruled the inspector.
Tennessee also won the 6,000-meter relay, almost unchallenged. DuVal graduate George Malley, with a 3:47.7 anchor 1,500, brought Penn State home second while Villanova, winner in nine of the last 10 years, placed third.
Maryland graduate Dave Reiss was the Olympic Development Javelin winner at 261-5
Morgan State, on a swift third leg by Tanya Bryant, captured the college women's 400-meter relay, with Federal City third and Howard fourth.
Seton Hall won a consolation 400-meter relay in 40.6, with runnerup Cornell and third-place Maryland recording the same time.
Howard won a consolation sprint medley in 3:19.4 and ran a consolation 1.600 in 3:09.6 as Richard Massey was timed in 45.8.
Navy, fifth and last in the championship sprint medley in 3:21.0, watched Mount St. Mary's take the 1C4A watches 3:22.8.