The Kenyans were somewhat of a flop, so this year's NCAA track and field championships that ended Saturday night turned out to be a showcase for America's new young speed burners.
Clancy Edwards of Southern California's team champion Trojans, won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes in meet record times. He won the 100 in 10.07 and the 200 in 20.16.
Edwards came from far back in the pack in both races to win on strength as much as on speed. He also ran an impressive leg on USC's winning 400-meter relay team.
Based on the NCAA meet, the event that looks like the stronghold of the future for the Americans is the 110-meter high hurdles.
UCLA sophomore Greg Foster won the event in 13.22, only .01 seconds off the world record of Cuba's Alejandro Casanas.
Maryland freshman Renaldo Nehemiah was second at 13.22. This was the second time in two meetings that Foster had beaten Nehemiah.
Their next duel will be Friday in Los Angeles in the AAU national championships.
In the AAUs Edwards will be taking on Houston McTear, Steve Riddick and Harvey Glance in the 100 and Steve Williams in the 200.
"I'll be ready," Edwards said. "It's a little different in the AAUs because you are there for yourself, not as a team. Sometimes that can put more pressure on you."
In addition to Foster's collegiate record in the hurdles, Ron Livers of San Jose State broke the meet's triple jump record with a leap of 56-3 1/4.
A number of football players also did very well. Stanford wide receiver James Lofton, the No. 1 draft pick of the Green Bay Packers, won the long jump with a win-aided leap of 26-11 3/4; UCLA halfback James Owens, in spite of two sore legs, finished third in the high hurdles in 13.46 and Texas A&M halfback Curtis Dickey finished second in the 100 meters in 10.11.
Maryland scored 25 points to tie for ninth place in the team standings with Washington State. The Terps got their points from Nehemiah's seond in the hurdles, Brian Melly's second in the high jump, Robert Calhoun's third in the long jump and a fifth in the 400-meter relay by a tem of Nehemiah, Calhoun, Andre Lancaster and Greg Robertson.
Howard's mile relay team of Zachary Jones, Reginald Sojourner, Michael Archie and Richard Massey finished fifth in that event in 3:08.1.
The team championship was expected to be a battle among USC, UCLA, Texas-E1 Paso and Washington State.
Utep lost its title bid when Rodolfo Gomez finished out of the money in the 5,000 meters.
UCLA was disqualified in the mile relay semifinal and didn't make it to the final in the 400-meter relay, costing the Bruins their shot at the title.
Washington State lost its chance when Henry Rono injured his heel and had to withdraw from the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs. He won the steeplechase.
Two of his teammates and fellow Kenyans, Sampson Kimombwa and Joel Cheruiyot, fell in the 10,000. Kimombwa finished fourth; Cheruiyot did not finish.