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Harden Wins 100 Meters, Stephens Wins Javelin At Gatorade

May 5, 1996

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Three-time NCAA champion Tim Harden of Kentucky posted a wind-aided 9.94 seconds in the 100 meters Sunday in the Gatorade Track Classic at the University of Tennessee.

Harden, a senior, already owns two NCAA 55-meter indoor and one 100-meter outdoor title, which he will try to defend next month at the collegiate championships in Eugene, Ore.

``It’s notoriously windy here,″ he said after running with a 4-meter-per-second wind at his back, twice the allowable limit for an official time. ``I was hoping to get a day where there wasn’t very much wind, but I’m happy with the race. (That’s) still a fast time in any condition.″

Harden noted that Ato Boldon of UCLA has run an official 100 meters under 10 seconds this year, and said, ``I predict it will probably be the fastest NCAA ever run, so I hope to put on a show in Eugene.″

Harden, who also anchored Kentucky’s winning 4 x 100-meter relay on Sunday, said he initially had set a goal of trying to make the 2000 Olympic team, but is running so well he has pushed his timetable up.

``I’ve progressed pretty fast since I’ve gotten into college. I’ve started stepping it down to 1996,″ he said. ``If I don’t make it, I won’t be disappointed, because I know I’m ahead of where I wanted to be anyway.″

Dave Stephens won the javelin with a throw of 249 feet, 1 inch, in his first competition since the 1992 Olympic trials. Stephens, a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, met the qualifying standard for the trials for this year’s games in Atlanta.

The Gatorade was broken into three triangular meets in the men’s competition.

In the women’s team competition, South Carolina had 55 points, Clemson 39, Tennessee 36, Kentucky 28 and Iowa State 23.

South Carolina’s Dawn Ellerbe was a double winner. She took the hammer’ throw with a toss of 195-4, and the discus with a throw of 163-3.

Former Tennessee star Jasmin Jones, running unattached, also was a double winner. She took the 800 in 2:02.68 and the 3,000 in 10:00.59.

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