Johnny Gray and Valerie Brisco-Hooks set world indoor bests in back-to-back events tonight at the Michelob Invitational.
Gray set a world indoor best when he ran the 880-yard run in 1:46.9. He broke the old mark of 1:47.97 set by Randy Wilson in 1982. Brisco-Hooks broke the mark in the 500-yard run by clocking a 1:02.37, surpassing the time of 1:03.3 set by Roslyn Bryant in 1977 and equaled in 1982 by Janine MacGregor.
Greg Foster had the fifth-fastest time ever in the men's 50-yard hurdles en route to two victories.
Foster, silver medalist in the 100 meters at the 1984 Olympics, covered the distance in 6.01 seconds. The best indoor mark is 5.92 seconds, by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Renaldo Nehemiah in 1982.
Foster finished ahead of Tonie Campbell, who was clocked in 6.04, and Sam Turner, at 6.06. Foster returned minutes later to take the 60-yard hurdles, again turning back Campbell and Turner. Foster clocked a meet record 7.01 seconds, with Turner finishing in 7.06 and Campbell 7.09.
As expected, Romania's Valy Ionescu won the women's long jump, clearing 21 feet 7 1/2 inches. Countrywoman Anisoara Csuinir-Stanciu was second at 21-2 1/2.
The anticipated showdown between milers Eamonn Coghlan, Sydney Maree and Steve Scott failed to materialize when Coghlann ran away from the pack with one lap to go and won easily in 3:57.5 -- well off his indoor best of 3:49.78.
In the women's mile, Romanian Olympic medalists Doina Melinte and Maricia Puica sprinted past American Ruth Wysocki with two laps to go and easily took the top two spots. Melinte won in 4:29.2.
Doug Padilla turned in the second-fastest indoor time ever in the men's two mile, 8:15.3.