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May 28, 2005, 10:52PM


NCAA TRACK


Baylor's anchor sinks competition
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Williamson caps Bears' win in 1,600-meter relay; TSU's Brice cruises in
women's 200

By RUSSELL HENDERSON
For The Chronicle

NORMAN, OKLA. - Baylor might have lost out to Nebraska for the men's
team title, but its relay teams continued their dominance Saturday
night at the NCAA regional meet at the University of Oklahoma.

Baylor's Darold Williamson showed once again why he is regarded as the
finest relay anchor leg in college track by pushing the Bears past
Texas Tech's team in the last lap of the 1,600-meter relay.

Baylor's winning time of 3:02.58 was the second-fastest in the country
this year.

Also Saturday, Williamson crushed a strong field in the 400 meters by
winning in 44.76 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the world and
fastest in the United States this year.

He is preparing for the U.S. championships, which begin June 23 in
Carson, Calif.

"I think I'm peaking at the right time, because hopefully I'll be
running for a long time this summer," Williamson said.

Nebraska's men edged Big 12 champion Texas Tech 92 1/2 -85 1/2 ; UH and
Baylor tied for sixth with 34 points.

Texas' women defended their regional championship by defeating Big 12
winner Nebraska 75-60 1/2 .

Rice was eighth with 29 points; UH was 15th with 20 1/2 .

The top five individual finishers in each event advanced to the NCAA
championships beginning June 8 in Sacramento, Calif.

At-large bids for the NCAA track and field meet will be announced
today.

Also Saturday:

Women's 200 meters Texas Southern senior Tremedia Brice, this
year's NCAA indoor champion at the distance, won her speciality in
23.07 seconds. At 23.62 seconds, Rice's Yvonne Umeh was a qualifier in
fourth place.

Men's 1,500 meters Texas freshman Leonel Manzano, last year's Class
4A state champion from Marble Falls, unleashed a furious kick over the
last 150 meters to win in 3:44.93 and edged Colorado's Stephen Fifer at
the tape.
Women's 100 meters Texas sophomore Marshavet Hooker, named
outstanding woman of the meet, won in a meet-record 11.13 seconds.
Women's 400-meter relay Hooker anchored the Longhorns to a victory
in an event in which Texas is ranked No. 1 in the country.
Men's 400-meter hurdles Texas Tech's Bryan Scott won in 50.13
seconds, compared with 50.54 for second-place Andrew Carruthers of UH.
Women's discus A second-place finish and a throw of 176 feet, 11
inches sent Rice's Krystal Robinson to the NCAA meet. Baylor freshman
Brittany Devereaux finished fifth.


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