Navy Midshipman Leo Williams broke his meet record with a jump of 7 feet 5 3/4 inches to win his third NCAA high jump title and Georgetown won the distance medley championship at the NCAA track meet today.
Williams, winner of the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles last year, broke his old mark of 7-5 1/2. Still, he wasn't happy with his performance.
"I was too anxious and I was leaning into the bar on most of my jumps," he said. "The only jump I felt good on was my clearance at 7-1."
Williams missed three times at 7-7, but only had one other miss during the competition, that at 7-4 1/2.
Georgetown, with John Gregorek running an anchor mile in 4:01.7, won the distance-medley relay with a time of 9:45.97. The Hoyas were a close third after John Pedati's opening half-mile leg of 1:55.9, but fell about 10 yards off the pace after Pat McCabe's 50.2 quarter-mile split.
Freshman Kevin King caught up with the leaders, then broke the race open with his three-quarter mile leg of 2:58.1.
Gregorek, who gave up a chance at an individual title to concentrate on the relay, had a 15-yard lead as he took the baton from King. He withstood a mild challenge from Michigan's Brian Deimer before pulling away for the win.
It was Georgetown's first NCAA indoor title since Ricardo Urbina won the half mile in 1966.
Suleiman Nyambui, the distance star from Tanzania, led Texas-El Paso to its third straight indoor title (and seventh in the last nine years) with victories in the mile (4:00.65) and two mile (8:38.91). It was his fourth straight victory in the mile.
Texas A&M sophomore Rod Richardson upset indoor record holder Stanley Floyd to win the 60-yard dash in a meet-record 6.07, only .03 seconds off Floyd's world record.
Other meet records were set by Oklahoma in the mile relay (3:11.07), Richmond in the two-mile relay (7:24.48); and Mississippi Valley's Eugene Sanders in the 600 (1:08.51.)
UTEP finished with 67 points, defeating Arkansas (30) for the team title. Villanova was third with 28 points.