Tennessee junior Terry McDaniel set a record in the 55-meter dash to lead the Volunteers to the team championship in yesterday's fourth annual George Mason Invitational indoor track and field meet.

Ten schools -- Maryland, Georgetown, Villanova, Seton Hall, East Carolina, Virginia, William and Mary, Fairleigh Dickinson, Tennessee and George Mason -- participated in the 15-event meet at George Mason's Recreation and Sports Complex.

McDaniel's time of 6.15 in the 55 broke the track record of 6.19 set last year by East Carolina's Lee McNeil, who finished third yesterday. Tennessee's Sam Graddy was second in 6.19 and McNeil was timed in 6.20.

Graddy, who won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics in the 100 meters (Carl Lewis won the gold), said his start "just wasn't together."

"McDaniel got a tremendous jump on me," Graddy said. "In the 100 meters, you can get out slow and still have time to make up ground. But if you don't get a good jump in the 55 dash, you're finished."

George Mason's Keith Young broke last year's record in the pole vault. Young's effort of 16-2 was two inches better than Mark Spenick's mark.

Other records yesterday included the 25-11 long jump of Tennessee's Greg Neal. Georgetown's Ray Humphrey held the old mark of 24-10.

In the 400 meters, Villanova's Edwin Modibedi (47.31) defeated the Patriots' Brian Banks (48.49). East Carolina's Chris Brooks had the previous record of 47.67.

Maryland's William Skinner won two events, the 55-meter hurdles (7.36) and the high jump (7- 1/2). Skinner, however, wasn't totally pleased with his day.

"I needed to get a least a 7.26 in the hurdles to qualify (for the NCAA indoor championships)," said Skinner, a Crossland High School graduate. "But competing in more than one event sometimes waters down your concentration.

"You know if you can remember the race you're running too slow," Skinner continued. "And I remember a lot of it."

In other events, Fairleigh Dickinson's Elliot Bikani won the 3,000 in 8:09.6, Seton Hall captured the 4x400 relay in 3:16.64, Villanova's Sean O'Neil won the 1,000 in 2:28.45, Tennessee's John Tillman took the triple jump at 52-3 1/2 and Seton Hall's Andrew Valmon finished first in the 500 in 1:01.45.

Also, Tennessee's Gerald Conn won the shot put at 56-10 1/2, the Volunteers' John Young edged teammate David Krafur in the 5,000 in 14:25.3, Seton Hall's Tracy Baskin beat Villanova's Mark Sullivan in the 800 by a tenth of a second in 1:54.4 and Villanova's Gerry O'Reilly easily defeated Seton Hall's Mike Glenn in the 1,500, winning in 3:47.56.