It didn't take long for Georgetown's Kevin King to see his meet record in the 3,000-meter run broken in the 21st annual NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships here at the Carrier Dome.
King, the 11th seed in the men's 3,000 meter run coming into the meet, today became the only Washington-area competitor to win a championship. In so doing, he broke his day-old meet record, winning in 7:51.46.
King, 21, a senior from Stamford, Conn., ran a meet-record 7:57.13 to win his heat Friday. He had fallen as far back as sixth place early in the eight-man 3,000 meter final today. But with two laps to go, he had moved into second place behind Brigham Young's Ed Eyestone.
King "waited a little long" -- until he hit the final straightaway -- to make his final surge. But it was enough to edge Eyestone by four tenths of a second.
"I never said to myself, 'I'm going to go out and win this,' " King said. "I was just trying to maintain contact most of the way. But once the field started to spread out a little bit in front of me and I started to sense that guys were getting a little lackadaisical, I decided it was time to take some people."
The NCAA title is King's first as an individual. He ran for the Hoyas' first-place distance medley team his freshman year.
Virginia's John Hinton placed third in the 1,000-meter run in 2:22.75. Georgetown's Ray Humphrey was third in the long jump at 24-11 1/4.
Georgetown's two-time IC4A champion Miles Irish finished fourth in the 1,000, in 2:22.76, just over a second slower than his top-seeded qualifying time.
Howard's Anton Skerritt and Richard Louis finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 500-meter dash. Their times were 2:22.75 and 2:22.76. Howard's Teresa Allen took fifth in the women's long jump, with a leap of 20-1 1/2.
Arkansas's Mike Conley successfully defended both his titles, in the long jump (25-10 1/4) and the triple jump (55-11 3/4), to score 20 team points and lead the Razorbacks to their second straight team championship. Arkansas totaled 70 points. Tennessee was a distance second with 29.
Florida State won the women's team title, outscoring Texas, 34-32.
The Villanova women's 3,200-meter relay team ran an 8:33.60 on the Carrier Dome's 200-meter track to set one of two world indoor bests at the meet. The other was Esmeralda Garcia's 44-4 in the women's triple jump.
Twelve NCAA meet records were broken, including Olympic bronze medalist Earl Jones' winning time of 1:47.26 in the 800 meters.