Renaldo Nehemiah recorded the fifth-fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles yesterday as he breezed to a two-meter victory over UCLA's Greg Foster in the National AAU Track and Field Championships.
Nehemiah's time of 13.28 broke his own AAU and Drake Stadium record of 13.35 he set Thursday in the semifinals.
Nehemiah set a world junior record in running 13.27 in the NCAA championships last week in finishing second to Foster, and set a world indoor record this winter.
With his race yesterday, Nehemiah, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Maryland now has two performances in the all-time top five in the high hurdles
Alejandro Casanas of Cuba is the world record-holder in 13.21.
"I ran the first five hurdles like it was my indoor race," Nehemiah said. "Then I started lifting. At that point, I knew that if he (Foster) was going to catch me he was going to have to come very hard."
Foster, who ran 13.22 the NCAAs, hit the first hurdles and fell three meters behind Nehemiah. He made his move over the eighth hurdle. They both banged the last hurdle, but Nehemiah stayed in control while Foster faltered.
"Being fully rested physically and mentally helped a lot today and it showed," Nehemiah said.
Nehemiah added that he is a little upset at the number of races his Maryland coach, Frank Costello, had him run during Maryland's dual-meet season and at the NCAA meet, but he said it was "just a rumor" concerning reports that he was so unhappy at Maryland that he was considering transfering.
Nehemiah often ran the 100 and in the sprint relay as well as the hurdles in Maryland meets this year, and ran in the relay, in addition to the hurdles, at the NCAA meet.
"I am opposed to running so many races, but I haven't really thought that much about leaving Maryland," Nehemiah, who is from Scotch Plains, N.J., said. "Right now, I'm still a student at Maryland and, unless things get intolerable there, I'll stay.
"I haven't even talked to Coach Costello about it yet and I certainly would before I ever thought about doing anything like transfering.
"I do want to talk to him and get a few things straight, though.I'm not going to go in and threaten him or anything like that. I just want to talk to him.
"Being realistic, it wouldn't be to my advantage to leave Maryland right now, anyway.I'm getting good coaching and I'm running good times. Over all, I'd say I'm happy."
The frist two finishers in the three day competition here qualigy for the U.S.-U.S.S.R. dual meet next month in Berkeley, Calif, but Nehemiah said he was not certain he would run in that meet.
Nehemiah plans to meet Casanas sometime this summer. "I'm not anxious to meet him, but I'm not afraid of him, either," Nehemiah said. "I'll face him when I'm ready.
"This race today was for my own personal satisfaction, to see what I could do with nothing else on my mind and no other races like the relays to think about. It felt great.
In other competition on the second day of the three-day meet, Dwight Stones won the high jump, at 7-6 1/2, and barely missed on his third attempt at a world-record 7-8 1/4 when his calf tipped off the bar on his way down.
Clancy Edwards of USC strenghtened his claim to the title of world's fastest human when he took the 100 meters in a wind-aided 10.13 seconds.
Don Quarrie of Jamaica, the Olympic silver-medalist and defending AAU champion, held off the slow-starting Edwards until the final two strides.
Edwards made his move at the 60-meter mark and erased at three-meter defecit in the final 40 meters.
"The race seemed flat," Edwards said. "I didn't have that extra kick I usually have. I guess I'm just tired from all of the competition I've had lately.
Maryland's Bob Calhoun leaped 25.8 in the long jump to finish fourth to Arnie Robinson's 27.4.
Maurice Peoples of D.C. International advanced to today's final in the 400 meters and his teammate, Delano Meriwether, advanced to the semifinals of the 200 meters.
Debby LaPlante, formerly of D.C. International, who is running unattached here, won the women's 100-meter hurdles final in a meet-record 13.19.