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BYU's Mackie wins 800-meter race; Batty takes 3rd in mile run

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Published: Sunday, March 11 2012 12:36 a.m. MST

BYU Junior Nachelle Mackie (right) and Katie Palmer (left) celebrate on the awards stand. Mackie won the Women's 800 Meter Race at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Track and Field. She finished with a time of 2:03:30 while her teammate Katie Palmer placed 3rd with a time of 2:04.56.

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NAMPA, Idaho — BYU junior Nachelle Mackie won the women's 800-meter race at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Track and Field on Saturday night.

Mackie finished with a time of 2:03:30, while fellow Cougar Katie Palmer placed third with a time of 2:04.56.

BYU's Miles Batty, who set the NCAA record last month in the men's mile run and was the defending indoor champion, took third at 4:01.86.

The Florida men won its third straight team title as Omar Craddoc won the triple jump, Jeff Demps took the 60 meters, and Tony McQuay topped the 400 field, while the Oregon women also won for the third year in a row.

Florida coach Mike Holloway was distracted just long enough for the Gators to drench him with ice and water.

"I knew it was coming," Holloway said. "But Omar distracted me and that was all they needed."

The Gators finished with 52 points, five more than Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas.

Florida's Gray Horn led the heptathlon after the first four events, but injured his groin in the pole vault warmup and pulled out of the competition.

Demps, a senior, won the 60 in 6.52 seconds.

Arkansas won the 1,600 relay in 3:04.92 to finish second. Arizona was third with 41 points.

In the women's competition, Oregon finished with 49 points. Kansas was second with 30, and LSU had 27.

"The University of Oregon takes track and field very seriously," Oregon coach Vin Lananna said. "We knew we had a chance to win another title and do it close to home. And it's very satisfying to win again."

Oregon senior Brianne Theisen dominated the women's pentathlon to win her third straight individual title with 4,536 points. But Theisen was more focused on contributing in the team competition.

LEVINS RUNS WELL FOR SUU: At Nampa, Idaho, Southern Utah's Cameron Levins achieved a 15th-place national finish for the men's squad with two top-four finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Competing as a team of one, Levins finished just below in-state competitor BYU, which placed 14th with a team of seven.

"It was tough, but I'm really, really happy about this finish," Levins said. "I think it will help me move up in the outdoor season as I start to chase the Olympic standard."

Levins earned two All-American citations with a third-place time of 7:49.78 in the 3,000-meters and a fourth-place time of 13:38.12 in the 5,000-meters. His 3,000-meters finish improved his previous fourth-place ranking and put him above NAU competitor Diego Estrada, who finished seventh.

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