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Arkansas Wins Penn Men’s Medley

April 26, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Alistair Cragg rallied on the final leg to help Arkansas reclaim the men’s distance medley relay title Friday in the Penn Relays.

Arkansas finished in 9 minutes, 31.21 seconds, just ahead of Stanford (9:33.12). Wake Forest was third in 9:40.36.

Villanova, the defending champion in the event, dropped the baton twice and finished eighth.

Cragg sprinted past Stanford’s Jonathan Riley to give Arkansas its 14th Penn Relays distance medley title in 20 years.

``I felt comfortable being behind. We talked about it beforehand,″ said Cragg, a sophomore from England. ``I got on his shoulder on the back straight and just went past him with the wind at my back.″

Villanova’s Ryan Hayden dropped the baton a moment after the starting gun, and Paul Moser dropped it again while trying to hand off to Jason Jabaut after the second leg.

``I heard that baton drop and I just took off,″ said Dan Lincoln, Arkansas’ leadoff runner. ``I thought, ’Just go, don’t let them back in it.‴

Alan Webb of Michigan, making his Penn Relays collegiate debut as anchor in the relay, covered 1,600 meters in 3:59.82 as the Wolverines placed ninth.

Webb, who missed the entire indoor season with an Achilles’ tendon injury, broke Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old high school records for the mile and 1,500 meters last year.

``I don’t feel like I’m in race shape,″ Webb said. ``The last two races I’ve come in with high expectations because my training is going well. It just shows you how different race conditions are.″

North Carolina’s women followed up Thursday’s victory in the distance medley with a win in the 6,000-meter relay.

Shalane Flanagan ran the anchor for a second straight day, overcoming a 75-meter deficit to beat Stanford’s Maurica Carlucci by 3 seconds.

The Tar Heels won in 17:33.67. Stanford (17:36.66) finished well ahead of third-place Georgetown (17:51.40).

Overall, South Carolina had a big day, winning three championships.

In the women’s 400 relay, South Carolina beat LSU in 44.03. The Tigers finished in 44.11, just ahead of Indiana (44.28).

The Gamecocks also won the men’s sprint medley relay with a time of 3:16.25. Moise Joseph passed Otukile Lekote of defending champion Florida with 400 meters to go and held on for the win.

Finally, the women’s shuttle hurdles team beat LSU in 53.96. On the men’s side, Tennessee won with a time of 55.65.

LSU won a three-way all-SEC race in the women’s sprint medley, finishing just ahead of Florida and Tennessee with a time of 3:47.48.

Walter Davis of Louisiana State won the men’s long jump with a wind-aided jump of 26 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

In the women’s triple jump, Nicole Toney jumped 43-1 to get the win.

Ryan McIntyre won the men’s discus with a throw of 192-9. On the women’s side, Melissa Bickett of Michigan won with a toss of 186-5, almost 12 feet better than the second place finisher, Adriane Blewitt of Ashland.

In the shot put, Jeff Chakouian of Kentucky won with a 64-3.25.

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