The University of Texas-El Paso will seek its second straight men's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, and sixth in eight years, today and Saturday at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.
The Miners, composed mostly of talented foreigners, will attempt to surpass last year's record-setting 76 points. Several of those points were provided by distance runner Suleiman Nyambui, last year's Olympic silver medalist in the 5,000 meters for Tanzania. Nyambui has won the mile and two-mile runs the last two years.
Maryland, with seven participants -- three of them pole vaulters -- will send the largest Washington area contingent. The Terps' best chances for points will provide by the three winners in last week's IC4A meet at Princeton: Chris Person, 500-meter victor at 1:02.3; Alan Baginski, 35-pound weight thrower at 62-11 1/2; and pole vaulter Chip McCarthy, who jumped 17-1.
Howard will send its Naval Academy Relays and Princeton Invitational (3:13.4) winning mile-relay team of Bernard Oliver, Oliver Bridges, Edward Simms and David Charleton.
Georgetown will enter Olympian miler Jon Gregorek (3:56.8 career best) and its IC4A first place (7:52.24) two-mile relay team of John Sullivan, Phil Reilly, Rich Caton and Brian McNelis.
High jumper Leo Williams, winner of the IC4A, and Pat Bailey, 500-meters, will make up Navy's squad.