With Don Paige, the world record holder in the 1,000-yard race, absent, Todd Colas of Puma led a fast field to win the premier event of the Bud Light Invitational yesterday at George Mason University.
Colas, who was named the meet's outstanding male competitor, took the lead after 600 yards and ran the 1,000 yards on the 200-meter Chemturf track in 2:07.91.
Suzanne Girard of Moving Comfort, and a senior at Georgetown University, won the 1,500 meters. She also was second to Chris Gregorek of Athletics West in the 1,000-meter run and was the outstanding female competitor.
Gregorek defeated Girard by only .01 seconds in the 1,000 meters. "Since it was my second race of the day I didn't think I'd be there," said Girard. But Girard led the last two laps of the race. "I guess she (Gregorek) got me at the tape."
John Hinton of the University of Virginia finished second in the men's 1,000-yard run at 2:08.10. George Mason's Ibrahim Okash finished third at 2:08.29.
Okash said he was disappointed that Paige did not attend the meet.
Earlier in the day, Paige had phoned John Cook, George Mason track coach and meet director, to say he would not attend because he had flu. "He says that nobody can run the 1,000-yard race," said Okash, who has been sick with a cough for three weeks. "But then he doesn't come to the meet."
Morgens Guldberg of Clemson set a meet record in the 3,000-meter run, defeating Matt Centrowitz, a U.S. Olympian. Guldberg ran the race in 8:04.04. In the men's 500-meter run, Richard Lewis and Anton Skerritt, both of Howard University, ran 1:02.10 and 1:02.37, respectively, to qualify for the NCAAs. Lewis finished the race in a tie for first with Harold Spells of SMU.
In the women's events, Paula Renzi of Penn State won the 3,000 meters in 9:19.18. "I knew the pace was going fast," Renzi said. "(North Carolina's Holly) Murray was setting the pace, and I've run with her before so I knew she wanted to run fast." But when Murray faltered with 4 1/2 laps to go Renzi took the lead.
Tracey Armstead of Cortland established a Division II long jump mark at 20 feet 4 1/2 inches.