DURHAM, N.C., MAY 31 -- The Baylor men's 1,600-relay team ran the fastest time in the world this season, clocking 3 minutes 1.46 seconds in a semifinal heat today at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships. Anchorman Michael Johnson ran the final 400 meters in 43.5. The previous best this year was 3:01.59 by the Santa Monica Track Club.
Arizona State's Gea Johnson won the heptathlon . Johnson's total of 6,132 points was the best by a collegian this year.
DeDe Nathan, competing in only her second heptathlon, finished second with 5,855 points. Jamie McNeair of Purdue was third with 5,799.
Janet Haskin of Kansas State won the 10,000-meters in 33:49.72, the slowest winning time since 1982.
Another favorite, Scott McGee of Oregon, had the leading hammer throw in qualifying for Saturday's final at 217 feet 5 inches. In the women's shot put qualifying for Saturday's final, Christy Barrett of Indiana State leads at 51-8 1/4.
Wisconsin's Suzy Favor continued pursuing her eighth and ninth NCAA titles by winning her 1,500-meter semifinal heat in 4:15.10. The final will be Saturday. Favor won her 800-meter semifinal heat Wednesday night to advance to Friday's final.
California's Sheila Hudson set a stadium record at 44-2 3/4 in leading the qualifiers into Saturday's triple jump final.
In the men's 100-meter, favorites Leroy Burrell of Houston and Andre Cason of Texas A&M won heats to reach Friday's semifinals in times of 10.20 and 10.28 respectively.
Texas's Carlette Guidry (11.41) and Louisiana State's Esther Jones (11.36) won 200-meter heats.
In the women's 100 hurdles preliminaries, Louisiana State defending champion Tananjayln Stanley had the best time, at 13.04.