Led by Suziann Reid (Eleanor Roosevelt), who became the first woman to win three outdoor 400-meter titles and then anchored the collegiate record-setting 4x400 relay team, Texas claimed its second consecutive NCAA women's track and field championship tonight.
The Longhorns finished the meet with 62 points; UCLA was second with 60.
However, heading into the final event, the 4x400 relay, UCLA led with 54 points, Texas was second with 52 and Southern California was third with 50. But Reid helped the Longhorns finish first in 3 minutes 27.08 seconds, breaking the collegiate record of 3:27.50 set by Texas in 1996.
Southern California anchor Kinshasha Davis passed UCLA's Michelle Perry on the final straightaway and finished second, preventing the Bruins from tying Texas for the title. The Trojans finished third with 58 points. George Mason finished eighth in 3:35.04, good enough for all-American honors.
Arkansas won its eighth consecutive men's team title, finishing with 59 points -- seven ahead of Stanford, which also was second last year. In addition to senior Matt Kerr's victory in the 3,000 steeplechase, the Razorbacks picked up points in the 1,500 as two-time defending champion Seneca Lassiter took second in 3:47.67 (behind SMU's Clyde Colenso, who finished in 3:47.54) and Sharif Karie (West Springfield) took fifth in 3:50.18. (Georgetown's Sam Gabremarian was eighth). Georgetown's Kathleen Linck finished 18th in the women's 5,000 in 17:24.75. Villanova's Carrie Tollefson won in 16:09.51.
The most scintillating individual performance of the competition was Florida freshman John Capel's 19.87 second victory in the 200 meters. Capel tied the meet record set by Mississippi State's Lorenzo Daniel in 1988 and tied for fourth place among all-time collegiate runners. Only Joe DeLoach, Ato Boldon and Michael Johnson have run faster.
In the men's 100, Brigham Young's Leonard Myles-Mills raced to victory in 9.98 seconds, making him the first repeat champion in the event since Auburn's Harvey Glance in 1977.
Reid got the Texas women started on their way to repeating by winning the 400 in 51.09, breaking the Bronco Stadium record of 51.65, set by Seton Hall's Flirtisha Harris in 1994.
"They say I'm dominant in this event, so I wanted to finish with a bang," Reid said. "I feel overwhelmed. A lot of people work hard at what they do. I'm not conceited, but I think I worked very hard. The big thing was to get out comfortably and finish strong, and I did that."
Eastern Michigan's Clement Chukwu won the men's 400 title and also broke the Bronco Stadium record with a time of 44.79 seconds. Clemson sprinter Ato Modibo (High Point) finished fifth in 45.37.
South Carolina's Terrence Trammell edged Tennessee's Dawane Wallace (Mount Vernon) by 12-hundredths of a second to take the 110-meter hurdle final in 13.45 seconds.
"I'll see him again," Wallace said. "I'm satisfied, however, I had a wind-legal lifetime best so I can't be mad about that. I had a real good start. At the fifth or sixth hurdle, I noticed that Terrence had hit a hurdle. I kind of went for him then, but threw my own rhythm off instead. It wasn't bad, just enough to where I wasn't running for first anymore. In these finals, it's got to be clean."
CAPTION: Miami's Yolanda McCray (175) takes first in 100-meter hurdles ahead of South Carolina's EllaKisha Williamson, left, and UCLA's Joanna Hayes.