Roddie Haley, who became the first collegiate freshman to win Athlete of the Meet honors after helping Arkansas capture three relays here in 1985, served early notice today he is looking for the same honors again at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
The sophomore had the crowd buzzing with a sizzling 43.7 split on his 400-meter leg as the Razorbacks won the distance medley relay championship in a world record time of 9:22.6.
Although the time was the fastest-ever run, it cannot be acknowledged as a U.S. record because three of the Razorbacks are foreigners. Thus Georgetown, which finished seventh today in 9:39.2, still is the U.S. record-holder with its time of 9:24.9 in 1980.
Nevertheless, every record, whether United States or otherwise, was all but a forgotten blur when Haley, five meters behind Villanova's Chip Jenkins (formerly of Landon) and Mount St. Mary's Fred Owusu when he got the baton, breezed past the pair at the 150-meter mark and presented the baton to Doug Consiglio for his 1,600-meter anchor leg with a seven-meter lead.
"I felt slow on the first 200 but when I went into the second 200 I put on my kick," said Haley, whose split was the fastest ever run here. "We came here to break the record."
The gangly Consiglio ran relaxed for 3 1/4 laps until Villanova's Gerry O'Reilly began to move up. As Consiglio, who ran the 1,600 in 3:59.0, approached the final turn, he put on another mild burst of speed to assure his team of the record.
"I knew he O'Reilly had Villanova across his chest and would be coming," Consiglio said. "It's tough to hold a lead the entire race, and I was just hoping to hold on."
Haley got a brief but quick warmup when he anchored the Razorbacks' 4x100 relay to a heat victory. Their time of 40.58 still wasn't good enough to qualify for the final Saturday. Texas Christian posted the best time -- 39.58. Tennessee (39.64), North Carolina State (40.0), East Carolina (40.2), James Madison (40.42) and LSU (40.55) also qualified for the six-team final.
Arkansas will run in the consolation final. George Mason ran a 41.58 and just qualified for the IC4A final. Other local teams not qualifying were UDC (41.55), Howard (41.67) Navy (42.02) and Maryland (41.96).
U.S. Olympian Sam Graddy outdueled SMU's outstanding sprinter, Roy Martin, down the stretch to give Tennessee a heat victory in the 4x200 relay. Tennessee (1:22.7) and SMU (1:23.1) joined TCU (1:22.4), N.C. State (1:22.8), Auburn (1:23.4) and James Madison (1:24.0) in the final.
Maryland ran a 1:25.9 and qualified for the IC4A final. Howard ran 1:25.4, UDC 1:26.5, George Mason 1:26.7 and Navy 1:27.1.
George Mason ran the sprint medley relay in 3:19.03 and was the sixth and last team to qualify for the championship final. Navy (3:20.28) and Georgetown (3:20.34) qualified for the IC4A sprint medley final. Howard finished in 3:21.12.
In the 100-meter dash, Graddy eclipsed the old meet mark of 10.21 with a heat-winning 10.19 but because of the wind, it was not recognized as a record.
Navy's Edward Knapp won the hammer throw with a toss of 180-5. Otherwise, area colleges virtually were shut out.
SMU posted the fastest time in the 4x400 -- 3:03.4 -- to qualify for Saturday's final. No local team qualified.
Eric Metcalf of Texas, a former All-Met football player at O'Connell, won the long jump at 25-9 1/2.
Morgan State's Ethlyn Tate held off Tennessee's Robin Benjamin, of Central High, and Texas' Juliet Cuthbert in the final 10 meters to give her team the women's 4x100 championship. Morgan State was timed in 44.46, Tennessee in 44.54 and Texas in 44.63.
Before going to Morgan State, Tate had anchored Vere Tech of Jamaica to four 4x100 championships here. Today, her former school finished second behind St. Jago (45.87). St. Jago also won the 4x800 relay in 9:06.2. Vere Tech won the 4x400 in 3:43.6. Georgetown-bound John Trautman, of Monroe Woodbury (N.Y.), established a national high school record in the 3,000-meter run. Trautman's time of 8:05.8 broke Steve Prefontaine's 17-year-old mark by 2.1 seconds.
Woodbridge's Chris Lockett edged Richard Beatie of Warwick Valley (N.Y.) for the pole vault title on fewer misses. Both vaulted 15-0.
Oakton's Dave Daigler was second in the high jump at 6-10 and Woodbridge's Kevin Berry tied for fourth with 6-8. Cliff Dillard of Christianburg, Va., set a meet record of 7-2, breaking the old mark by an inch.
Lake Braddock's girls finished fifth in both the 4x100 (48.02) and 4x800 (9:19.5) finals.