The University of Maryland's Renaldo (Skeets) Nehemiah, the worldrecord holder in the 60-yard high hurdles, grabbed another title last night as he breezed home in 6.9 to highlight the 26th annual Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field meet at Cole Field House. Nehemiah also won the 60-yard dash.
Nehemiah's time in the hurdles was 12 seconds faster than the Cole Field House mark he established earlier in the year, but because it was handtimed it was not declared a new mark. As expected, aryland had little trouble winning its 24th consecutive indoor title. The Terrapins totaled 77 points, 27 more than second-place North Carolina. N.C. State finished third with 29 1/2.
Nehemiah, who said he was a little tired after winning his specialty in the National AAU indoor championships Friday night in New York, led from the start in the hurdles. Clemson's John Seaso nipped Maryland's Greg (Fly) Robertson for second place.
The fleet Nehemiah, voted the meet's outstanding performer, was the only double winner. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound sophomore shocked Clemson sprinters Desai Williams and defending champion Jerry Butler.
"I really didn't expect to win the 60 (dash)," said Nehemiah. "After just getting here from New York, I was a little tired. I put a little pressure on myself because I wanted to see myself win it. I don't consider myself a sprinter but I do it to complement the team effort."
Nehemiah was timed in 6.22, with Williams at 6.23 and Butler at 6.24.
The Terps' Bob Calhoun shook off two foul jumps and leaped to a new meet mark, 25-8, in the long jump.
The biggest surprise of the meet was Maryland's Mike Corbin winning the high jump. The sophomore outdueled defending champion Lee Shuler of North Carolina to win the event at 7-2. Corbin, plagued by a bad back and shin injury, struggled to clear 6-10 and then 7-0, and missed his first two attempts at 7-2. On his third try, Corbin cleared the height with room to spare.
"I stopped worrying about form. I just went out and jumped," said Corbin, a junior transfer from Tuskegee Institute. "I have this method I'm trying to perfect. When I jump, I twist suddenly in the air. That's what hurt my back. It'll come with time."
The Terrapins were pressed for much of the evening by North Carolina, and Maryland led by only five points following the meet's last running event, the mile relay, won by the Terps.
"North Carolina had an excellent meet," said Maryland Coach Frank Costello. "The meet was a bit closer than I thonght it would be."
Costello wasn't worried about winning the team title as he watched his triple jumpers take their last leaps.
Dennis Ivory of Maryland leaped 54-2, which was 1 1/2 feet better than the old record. Teammates Ward Wilson and Kent Guthrie finished second and fourth, respectively, assuring the Terps of another title.