Renaldo Nehemiah set two meet records today and neither was in the 110-meter high hurdles, where he already holds the world record.
The University of Maryland ace used his blazing speed to win his heat of the 200-meter dash in an outstanding 20.38 seconds as the Atlantic Coast Conference track and field championships opened at the University of North Carolina.
Nehemiah, who will not run the hurdles in this championship meet, established his other ACC meet record in the 100-meter dash. He won his heat in a hand-time 10.1 seconds. The old mark in the 100 was 10.4 and the previous best in the 200 was 21.09.
Meanwhile, Nehemiah's teammates won four of today's six finals and the Terps were on their way to a 24th consecutive ACC outdoor title.
After the six events, Maryland had 80 points, Virginia 37 and North Carolina 20. North Carolina State was fourth with 17, Georgia Tech had 15, Clemson 8, Duke 5 and Wake Forest 4.
The Terps' strongest showing came in the long jump, where Maryland went 1-2-3. Dennis Ivory, favored in Saturday's triple jump, won the long jump with a leap of 24-3 1/4. Bo Kent was second at 24-1 3/4 and favored Bob Calhoun, who had trouble with his jumps, was third at 24-1 1/2.
Ian Pyka successfully defended his shot putt title with a loss of 63 feet, 2 1/4 inches and Paul Dubyoski won the javelin with a throw of 218-8.
Chip McCarthy was the other Terp winner, clearing 16 feet in the pole vault.
North Carolina's Gary Hofstetter set a meet record of 29:16.1 in winning the 10,000-meter final and Virginia's Mike Cotton and Peter Ruggles went 1-2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Cotton won in 9:03.5.
A meet record also was set in the trials of the 400-meter run, where North Carolina's Wayne Miller ran 47.06.
Maryland Coach Frank Costello said the decision not to run Nehemiah in the hurdles was made three or four weeks ago and finalized Thursday.
"If I didn't have Chris Person and Greg Robertson, I wouldn't do this," said Costello. "But since they're running well, I think this is the best use of my points."
Person, a freshman, won his heat of the 110-meter hurdles in 14.38 seconds after Robertson, the meets' defending champion, took the opening heat in 14.37.
Nehemiah, who set the world hurdles record of 13.16 seconds last weekend in San Jose, Calif., said he was not upset with the decision.
"After last weekend I felt it best I take a rest and go back to conditioning," he said, "I tend to get tired running the same event."
Nehemiah said he would run in the 100 and 200 dashes and 400-meter relay finals today and perhaps the 1,600-meter relay, "if I feel okay after the 200."