LSU captures both team titles in NCAA indoor meet

1,600 relay clinching event in landmark achievement

Track And Field

March 14, 2004|By THE NEW YORK TIMES

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Four collegiate indoor records were broken at the NCAA indoor track and field championships yesterday, and Louisiana State won the women's and men's team titles in the final event, the 1,600-meter relays.

The LSU women won their championship, 52 points to 51, by finishing second in the relay to edge Florida, which was fifth in the race. The LSU men won with 44 1/2 points, with Florida and host Arkansas compiling 38, by finishing fourth in the relay, just behind Florida.

Three of the collegiate records were set by women.

Kimberly Smith of Providence College set her second record in two days, adding the women's 3,000 title and record to the 5,000 she won Friday. She finished in 8 minutes, 49.18 seconds, breaking the record of 8:53.54 set by PattiSue Plumer 20 years ago. Smith won by 100 meters over Sara Bei of Stanford.

On Friday, she broke Sonia O'Sullivan's record in the 5,000, which had stood for 13 years.

Laura Gerraughty of North Carolina improved her two-week-old collegiate indoor shot-put record by a centimeter, to 62 feet, 10 inches.

Sanya Richards of Texas won the women's 400 final in 50.82, beating Maicel Malone's 13-year-old mark of 51.05.

The fourth record was set in the heptathlon by Donovan Kilmartin, a Texas freshman. He scored 6,136 points, becoming the first collegian to score more than 6,000 points.

Other winners included LSU's Muna Lee, who took her second straight women's 60 title in 7.21 seconds, and Alistair Cragg of Arkansas, who won the men's 3,000 in 7:55.29 to complete his second straight 3,000/5,000 double.

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