Al Ogunfeyimi, a Nigerian representing Ohio University, won the long jump with a leap of 25 feet 61/2 inches last night in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Bob Calhoun, the IC4A champion from Maryland, managed only 25 feet 1/2 inch for fourth place as he repeatedly fell back on landing, losing 7 to 8 inches each time.
Skeets Nehemiah of Maryland tied the meet record in the 60-yard high hurdles with a 7.11 clocking lin his trial heat. He later ran 7.17 to advance to today's semifinals. Teammate Greg (Fly) Robertson also moved up with a pair of 7.16 efforts.
Maryland's longshot hopes of a team championship were erased early, as Brian Melly, Mark Fields and Ian Pyka failed to survive qualifying trials.
Melly, who has jumped 7 feet 21/4 inches, was unable to clear the opening height of 6-10, but there were extenuating circunstances.
"I couldn't warm up properly because they were fixing a section of track," Melly said, "so I went underneath. When I came back out, the bar was up and we were jumping."
The warm up was essentially yesterday, since Melly had made adjustments in his approach this week. He started his run faster and used a more controlled plant, because "I had been going into the bar."
Fields ran the 600 in 1:11.95. It was the 10th-best time among 17 competitors and only eight were chosen, on a time basis, for toeay's final. Fields was in a heat with IC4A champion Glenn Bogue of Villanova, who was disqualified for cutting in too soon after the staggered start.
"I got out pretty good, well ahead of him, and then he lwas right alongside me," said Fields, running inside Bogue. "He doesn't have enough early speed to have gotten out that fast. Once he got ahead of me there was no way I culd pass him. The turns are tight, the straights aren't too long and he's a smart runner. This was only my second 600 on boards, and I just had to hope he'd run fast enough to carry me in."
Pyka was one of only three shot putters who failed to reach the final. Third here last year, he managed only 57.93/4. That was a foot too short.
There were seven heats in the 440 and Richard Massey of Howard finished third in his heat. Still, he had the third fastest time, 49.14, of the eitht who advanced to last night's fubak, After Massey set the early pace, he was overhauled by defending champion Willie Smith of Auburn, 48.36, and Ugandan Charles Dramiga of New Mexico, 48.59, who was also qualified for today's 600 final.
All of the lleading contenders for the team title suffered setbacks in the afternoon. Villanova lost Bogue, Washington State's Jeff Ramsey was disqualified for a false start in the 600 and Auburn's Harvey Glance did not reach the long jump final.
Emmitt Berry of Texas-El Paso, the 1976 champion in the 35-pound weight throw, was a disappointing sixth at 62-53/4. Canadian Olympian Scott Neilson of Washington retained his title with 68-73/4. Canadian Olumpian Scott Neilson of Washington retained his title with 68-73/4. Dartmouth's Ed Kania and Ken Jansson were 2-3.