Lorenzo Daniel of Mississippi State clocked a collegiate record 19.87 seconds in the 200 meters Friday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships to become the world's fifth fastest performer in the event.
Daniel ran the eighth fastest time in history and the fastest time of the year, bettering his previous collegiate record of 19.93 established May 15 at the Southeastern Conference Championships.Pietro Minnea of Italy holds the world record of 19.72 in the 200 and Carl Lewis's 19.75 is the American standard. American Tommie Smith and 1976 Olympic gold medalist Don Quarrie of Jamaica are the others to have run faster than Daniel.
Daniel, a 22-year-old senior, captured one of 18 finals on the penultimate day of the four-day meet.
"Each year I came in with the fastest time and I disappointed everybody, including myself," said Daniel, who placed eighth in the event last year.
UCLA, with 38 points, and Texas, with 30, are 1-2 in the men's team scoring. On the women's side, Louisiana State holds a slim first-place lead, 35-33, over UCLA.
In other events, Kevin Young of UCLA won the men's 400-meter hurdles in 47.85, making him the sixth fastest performer of all time in that event, and Vicki Huber of Villanova won the 3,000 meters to defend her NCAA title with a collegiate record 8:47.35.
Nena Gage of George Mason leaped 21 feet, 8 3-4 inches to capture the women's long jump and upset Gail Devers of UCLA, who could not improve on the 21-6 she made on her first attempt.
Devers also finished second while anchoring UCLA's 4 x 100-meter relay. The Lady Bruins were clocked in 43.74, closing behind Arizona State's 43.64.
In the men's 4 x 100 relay, Texas A&M won in 38.84, with UCLA second in 39.04 and Texas Christian third in 39.25.
Eric Metcalf, a tailback and Heisman Trophy candidate for Texas, recorded a wind-aided 27-2 to claim the men's long jump crown.
Schowanda Williams of Louisiana State captured the women's 400 hurdles; Paul Ereng of Virginia and Sharon Powell of Nebraska took the 800-meter events; Mary Onyali of Texas Southern claimed the women's 200; Karl Van Calcar of Oregon State was victorious in the 3,000-meter steeplechase; and John Scherer of Michigan won the men's 10,000 meters.
Winners in field events included: Laura Lavine defending her title in the women's discus; Amber Welty of Idaho State in the women's high jump; Kari Nisula of California, men's discus; Kenneth Petersen of Northeast Louisiana, men's javelin; and freshman Kelly Riley of Arkansas State, pole vault.
Louisiana State had the two top leaders in the decathlon after five events, with Bruce Reid scoring 4,307 points and Mikael Olander 4,040.