Earl Jones, Freddie Williams and John Marshall repeated their one-two-three NCAA finish in the 800-meter run at the Jumbo Elliott Invitational meet at Villanova, Pa. Jones took the lead with about 300 meters left and won in 1:46.21.
Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom broke his own meet record in winning the 110-meter high hurdles in 13.25. Diana Richburg did likewise in running the fastest women's 800 meters in the country this year, 1:59.61.
Sydney Maree, named the meet's outstanding performer, won the mile in 3:52.64.
The most dramatic moment in the meet came when unheralded high jumper Brian Whitehead failed in three tries at a would-be U.S.-record 7 feet 9 1/4 inches. Whitehead, a former Ball State student who is training at the Joliet (Ill.) School of Beauty to be a hairdresser, won the only field event with a leap of 7-7 1/4.
Whitehead hit the bar on his first two tries at Jim Howard's record of 7-8 1/2 and ran under the bar on his last approach.
"I don't think anyone even knows I exist," said Whitehead. "I train in my back yard." . . .
Brandon Richards pole vaulted 18 feet 1/4 inch to highlight the 26th running of the Golden West Invitational high school seniors meet. Richards' father, 1952 and 1956 Olympic pole vault champion Bob Richards, was serving as honorary official when he saw his son become the second U.S. prep vaulter ever to clear 18 feet.