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Gator's Beasley wins NCAA 800 meters

University of Florida junior Nekita Beasley surged ahead with 100 meters left and won the women's 800-meter title late Friday. Beasley turned in a time of 2 minutes, 3.29 seconds over the Stevenson Track, on the University of Oregon campus. She is the third champion ever from the UF women's team.

Junior Scott Peters, a third-place finisher at four SEC championships, ran the 800 in 1:47.08 to place third among the men, behind Mississippi's George Kersh (1:45.82) and Eastern Michigan's Tommy Asinga (1:46.79).

Florida State's Kim Batten finished third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.28. UF's Leah Kirklin placed third in the women's triple jump, covering 43 feet, 7\ inches.

Dawn Bowles led Louisiana State's 1-2-5 finish in the women's 100-meter high hurdles by covering the distance in 12.70 seconds. It would have been the fastest time by an American woman this year, as well as a meet and stadium record, but a wind of 4.96 meters per second precluded any record. A race run with a wind speed greater than 2.00 is considered wind-aided.

Bowles, a junior from Neptune, N.J., ran an official American 1991 best of 12.82 in Friday's semifinals and a wind-aided 12.85 in Thursday's preliminaries. They were the three fastest times of her career.

"I didn't expect to win when I came into this meet," Bowles said Saturday, "so this is a real big jump for me. I'm just overwhelmed."

Bowles' victory, Mary Cobb's second place (12.97) and Cinnamon Sheffield's fifth (13.07) contributed 22 points to the LSU cause. The Tigers, seeking their fifth consecutive women's title, led second-place Texas 66-51 through 13 events.

UCLA's Janeene Vickers, the two-time defending champion in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and one of the top contenders in the 100 hurdles, was disqualified in the shorter race for false-starting.

After 13 men's events, Washington State led with 31 points, followed by Tennessee and Oregon with 28 apiece and Brigham Young with 25.

Washington State suffered a setback when favored Tony Li was disqualified in the 110-meter hurdles after losing his balance and going out of his lane. Greg Williams of Texas A&M, with a wind-aided 13.55, won the race. Syracuse's Qadry Ismail, brother of Rocket Ismail, finished fifth in 13.73.

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