Drew Mearns won a comfortable victory over 80 other competitors to lead the Charlottesville Track Club to the open team title in the national AAU open and masters three-kilometer team championships in West Potomac Park yesterday afternoon.

Mearns, 24, a law student at the University of Virginia, maintained an even pace as he toured the 1.9-mile course around the Tidal Basin in 8 minutes, 18 seconds on a cool, gray afternoon.

"I only came up here for the team because I'm not really in shape yet," maintained Mearns, who also is head coach of the cross-country team at the University of Virginia.

"I hardly ran at all during the summer because I was working for a law firm in Cleveland. But since the end of August, I have been doing between 100 and 140 miles per week," he added.

Two years ago, when Mearns was an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky and apparently was in shape, he turned in a 4.03 mile.

The cumulative time for the five scores on the Charlottesville Track Club was 44 minutes three seconds, while the Washington Running Club took second place with 44 minutes 29 seconds.

Al Taylor, 22, of Hyattsville, was first across the line for WRC as he finished fifth in eight minutes, 33 seconds.

"We just froze after the mile mark," Naylor explained. "Nobody has been training for such short distances and we had no idea of how much to kick during the second mile."

came down to D.C. as a last-minute thing."

In the masters 40-49-year division, Glynn Wood, an American University

Other top competitors for the WRC were Will Albers, 22, of Fairfax, who finished seventh. Mark Baldino, 24, of Fairfax, who came in eighth, and Jubie Aulisio, 22, of Greenbelt, who was 10th.

Dr. Harry Nolan, a professor from New Hampshire, led the Shore Athletic Club of New Jersey to the bronze medal as he finished in fourth place.

Nolan, 30, explained "this is not our top team. We just got together and professor running for the Potomac Valley Seniors, again displayed his superiority in that age group. Wood finished in 12th place overall.

Potomac Valley Seniors' team won top honors in the masters 40-49 division and the 50-59 division.