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LSU, Tennessee capture NCAA titles

Dawn Bowles led Louisiana State to a 1-2-5 finish in the women's 100-meter high hurdles Saturday, helping the Tigers to their fifth consecutive team title at the NCAA track and field championships. The Tigers finished the 19-event women's competition with 78 points to 67 for Texas and 43 for Nebraska. Florida compiled 30 points to finish sixth.

Tennessee, paced by decathletes Aric Long and Brian Brophy, took its first men's title in 17 years. The Volunteers had 51 points. Washington State was second with 42 points and Oregon third with 36.

University of Florida junior Nekita Beasley surged ahead with 100 meters late Friday and won the women's 800-meter championship.

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.

Fellow Gator Matt Simson placed second in the men's shot put Saturday with a heave of 61 meet, 1{ inches. 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 the meet third in the 400-meter hurdles (56.28) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (13.06). UF's Leah Kirklin placed third in the women's triple jump, covering 43 feet, 7\ inches.

LSU's Bowles took the women's 100 hurdles 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.

Texas' Carlette Guidry, an eight-time NCAA indoor gold medalist but never before a winner outdoors, swept the women's 100 and 200 meters Saturday, beating defending champion Esther Jones of LSU in both races. Guidry's times were 10.91 and 22.44, both wind-aided. Guidry also anchored the winning 400-meter relay.

Brigham Young's Frank Fredericks was a double winner on the men's side, taking the 100 and 200 with wind-aided times of 10.03 and 19.90. Fredericks' sweep was the first by a men's sprinter since Clancy Edwards of USC in 1978.

The 1988 Olympic 1,500 champion, Peter Rono of Mount St. Mary's, lost his left shoe after one lap and wound up third. Paul Vandegrift of William & Mary won in 3:40.11.

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