The Arkansas Razorbacks, thanks to Roddie Haley and Paul Donovan, continue to hog the men's title in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
With Haley smashing the world indoor best and the one-minute barrier in the 500-meter run, with a time of 59.82 seconds, and Donovan winning the 3,000 and anchoring to victory a 3,200-meter relay team pushed by a record-setting challenge from Georgetown, Arkansas took its third straight title Saturday night.
Arkansas ended the two-day meet in the Myriad with 49 points, well ahead of runner-up Villanova's 22, with Georgetown tying Boston University for third at 20. It was the Hoyas' best placing ever.
Also competing exceptionally well was Alabama's women's team, which had only five athletes in the meet, yet won its first championship, 41 points to 31 for favored Texas.
Of the meet's sensational performers, none was more electrifying than Haley.
In Friday night's heats of the 500, he beat the world indoor best, clocking 1:00.69. Then, in Saturday's final, the third time he has run the distance this year, he set the indoor best for the third time.
Donovan, a senior from Ireland, was third in the final turn of the 3,200 relay, behind Miles Irish of Georgetown and Jim Tyler of Notre Dame, then came on to nip Irish by .06 of a second at the finish. The Razorbacks were timed in 7:20.72 in the relay, a meet record.
Georgetown's 7:20.78 broke the American record, and goes into the books as the new U.S. mark because two of Arkansas' four runners are foreigners. Mike Huber, Dennis Dee and Philip Franshaw preceded Irish in the relay and gave him the lead.
The Hoyas had been about five seconds faster than Arkansas in the preliminaries Friday, and Irish said that had an effect in the final. "We were all a little tired," he said, noting that he felt his legs tie up in the last turn.
About 1 1/2 hours later, Donovan won the 3,000 in 7:54.60.
Georgetown's other 12 points came from Ray Humphrey's second place in the long jump Friday night, when he leaped a personal-best 26 feet 7, and his fourth (54-4 3/4) in the triple jump Saturday night.
In the triple, won by Houston's Frank Rutherford at 55-9, Humphrey's spike failed to hold on the runway on his sixth and final try and he suffered a knee injury of undetermined severity.
Florida's team of Sandra Braasch, Chris Crowder, Sonja Braasch and Susan Nash set a world indoor best in the women's 3,200-meter relay, 8:31.74.
The Alabama women's standout was sophomore Elizabeth Lynch from Scotland, winning the mile in a meet-record 4:37.73 and coming in second in the 3,000.
Southern Methodist's Harold Spells, Rod Jones, Roy Martin and Kevin Robinzine broke the American record in the men's 1,600-meter relay, clocking 3:06.24.