Bob Calhoun of Maryland completed the first individual double in the IC4A Indoor Championships in 20 years yesterday, capturing the 60-yard dash in 6.27 seconds.
Calhoun's roommate, Skeets Nehemiah, won the 60-yard high hurdles in a meet-record 7.23 seconds and Ian Pyka captures the shot put at 59 feet 7 1/4 inches. Added to Calhoun's longjump victory of Saturday, that gave the Terrapins four of the 18 titles at stake, but is wasn't nearly enough against Villanova.
The Wildcats took seven events, including four straight races from 440 to 1,000 yards, and won their 15th team championship since 1957 with 64 points. Maryland was next with 39.
"They did a super job, a picture perfect job all the way down the line," said Maryland coach Frank Costello. "We didn't do well in certain events, but it wouldn't have made any difference."
Calhoun certainly did the best, and as he broke the 60 tape ahead of Richmond's favored Jesse Williams, he waved his right fist toward the Maryland sheering section. The Terrapins responded in kind, but there would be only one more touch of glory for the Washington contingent and that was provided by Georgetown freshman Kevin Byrne.
Even in victory, Byrne was not 100 per cent happy. he won the prestigious mile, but his time of 4:07.3 was too slow to qualify for this week's NCAA meet.
The standard is 4:06.0 and his best this winter was 4:06.1.
Byrne's loudest cheerleader as he cut down Villanova's Dean Child's on the final turn was senior teammate Jim Peterson, idled since early January by a severely strained Achilles tenden.
"It's not too good being over here," Peterson said, "but at least I'm rooting for a winner."
Calhoun and Nehemiah were rooting for winners, too -- each other. They have lived two blocks apart in Scotch Plains, N.J., since 1968 and now they share a room in College Park, one that is likely to be strained by their burgeoning collection of prizes.
Not since the great Ron Delany's two mile-1,000 double in 1953 hal an athlete won two events in this meet. With two losses to Williams in two meetings this year, Calhoun was not overly confident about the 60.
"Before the meet I was hoping for a double," Calhoun said, "but I was worried about Jesse Williams and Calvin Dill in the 60. I was figuring on winning the long jump, then giving it all I had today. After the semifinal, I felt confident.
"My form has been breasking down in the 60. I haven't been concentrating and I've been making mental mistakes. This week I worked on my starts and get it together. I got out quick, saw them come up on me and had to pick it up.'
Nehemiah strained ligaments in his left ankle playing a primitive form of basketball Tuesday and it still was bothering him today. He feel after crossing the finish line of his semifinal, a race in which he looked anything but a model hurdler.
"I'm not sharp," Nehemiah said. "The ankle doesn't hurt, but it's weak. I've been trying to compensate for it by running on the instep. I can't really get up. I hit a couple of hurdles and when I fell I really came down hard on the ankle.
"Most of my injuries seem to last longer because I worry about them. I'm going to lay off two days, use the whirlpool and ice it down, and I should be ready for the nationals."
Calhoun's winning time was just off the meet record of 6.25 he set in the quarterfinals. Besides Nehemiah, record setters today were Franklin Jacobs, Fairleigh Dickinson, 7-4 in the high jump; Curt Alitz, Army, 13:23.8 in the three mile; Tim Dale. Villanova, 47.69 in the 440, and Mark Belger, Villanova 1:48.7 in the 880.
Greg Robertson of Maryland, the hurdles defender, was second to Nehemiah in 7.36. Other Terrapin scorers were Mark Fields, third in the 600; Brian Melly, third in the high jump; Dave Cornwell, fourth in the two mile, and Dennis Ivory, fifth in the triple jump. Chris Kolm of Catholic placed fourth in the pole vault at 15-8.
Jumbo elliott, who has coached Villanova to all 15 titles and now its third permanent IC4A Cup -- a team winning five titles -- was congratulated by Costello, who reminded Elliott of a bet they had made n Philadelphia six weeks ago. Elliott wagered $5 that Maryland would win this meet and today he pulled out a $50 bill and asked Costello if he had change.
"I've never seen one of them," Costello said, "I told him when he made the bet that $5 was just a cup of coffee to him. But maybe we can bet on the outdoor ICs, double or nothing."
When the teams go outside, Costello will be putting his money on Maryland.