Carl Lewis won the men's 100 meters in 9.91 and took the long jump at 28-5 1/2, both wind-aided efforts, in The Athletics Congress outdoor track and field championships today at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Lewis, who won four gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics but has lost twice this year at 100 meters, had his usual slow start but pulled away to win. Lee McCrae was second in 10.02 and Harvey Glance third in 10.04.
"I feel ecstatic right now," Lewis said. "The race went exactly as I wanted. I knew McCrae would be out fast and I felt I had a very strong finish.
"This is my best meet ever. I did that long jump and 100 inside of 15 minutes. People are going to have to run very fast to beat me. And I don't care where they're from -- Canada or wherever. America is still the sprint kingdom. These old bones are still running young."
Mike Conley was second in the long jump at 28-3 3/4 and Larry Myricks third at 27-9 1/2.
In the women's 100, Alice Brown, who finished second, had the best start. Evelyn Ashford, the pre-meet favorite, began to move but Brown held her off and appeared to be on the way to victory when Pam Marshall of the Mazda Track Club sprinted past both in the last 15 meters to win in 10.80.
Ashford said, "I've got to work on the start. I don't know what went wrong. I simply didn't have it today. At least I ran under 11 seconds, but I feel like crying right now."
Marshall said, "It feels great. I'm so excited. I never thought I could beat Evelyn, and now I've finally done it. I thought I had a chance if I was close at the halfway point. My start is usually terrible, but today I got a fairly good start, which helped."
Benita Fitzgerald-Brown of the Mazda Track Club won the 100-meter hurdles in 12.83, holding off a strong challenge from Stephanie Hightower, who finished second in 12.90.
Fitzgerald-Brown said she began to feel pressure from Hightower at the sixth hurdle and felt she actually was behind at the seventh hurdle.
"So I bore down," Fitzgerald-Brown said, "and picked it up a little bit from the seventh hurdle and just tried to keep my strides and motion quick.
"My goal is the American record this year and I'm looking forward to meeting the Eastern Europeans at the Goodwill Games. I'm working full-time as an industrial engineer. It's like having two jobs, because I train from 6 to 8:30 at night."
Greg Foster, running for the World Class Athletic Club, repeated as champion in the men's 110 hurdles, winning in 13.26. Two weeks ago, he won the event at the Prefontaine Classic at Eugene when the Olympic winner, Roger Kingdom, fell. Kingdom did not compete today.
"The first part felt real good," Foster said, "but I hit too many hurdles at the end. I'm very happy with this win."
In the men's shot put, John Brennan of the Mazda Track Club won with an effort of 69-2 1/2. Greg Tafralis of the Stars and Stripes club was second at 68-6 1/2 and Jim Doehring of Stars and Stripes was third at 66-5.
Forty-nine-year-old Al Oerter, winner of four Olympic gold medals in the discus, qualified for the final with an effort of 195-2.
Said the West Islip, N.Y., resident, "Right now, I feel pretty good. My technique is really good. I'm going to throw a lot farther soon. I'm a brand new grandfather, and my grandson is over 10 pounds.
"I don't think I'll teach him to throw a discus for a while . . . I need to compete more, but I'm not going to Europe this summer. I would rather travel around New England than skip around from country to country every other day."
Suzanne Girard of Washington, D.C., who represents the Puma Track Club, finished fourth in the 5,000 meters in the time of 15:41.77. Betty Springs of Athletics West won in 15:30.99 seconds, a meet record.