Keino anchors Arizona victory, Woody sets hurdle record
Apr. 25, 1997
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Bob Keino ran brilliantly in coming from behind, Joey Woody sprinted smoothly in the lead, and both posted impressive victories in the Drake Relays.
Keino brought Arizona from 40 meters back on the final carry Friday to give the Wildcats a victory in the 6,400-meter relay, the traditional opening event in the men's competition.
Woody, a senior at Northern Iowa, pulled away early and set a meet record in winning the university-college 400 hurdles for the third time.
Running in ideal 60-degree weather, Keino churned out a 3-minute, 59.6-second 1,600 leg as Arizona won a distance relay for the third straight year.
Keino, the son of distance star Kip Keino, helped Arizona win the distance medley relay the last two years, and the Wildcats are favored to claim another title in that race Saturday.
``One thing about relays, they always bring the best out of Bob Keino,'' Luther Kopf, Arizona's leadoff runner, said. ``If you give him the baton, he'll have a chance to win.''
Arizona finished in 16:29.14 to beat Notre Dame, which ran 16:31.20. Washington finished third at 16:32.52 and defending champion Oregon was fourth in 16:32.78.
Jeff Hojnacki had given Notre Dame the lead heading into the final handoff and Georgetown was second. Keino was in sixth place when he got the baton from freshman Micheil Jones.
``I wasn't paying any attention to where I was,'' Keino said. ``I just wanted to run my pace the first lap. I was going to run my pace and then worry about catching people.''
Keino caught them with patience, moving up steadily and finally passing Notre Dame's Jason Rexing on the backstretch of the third lap to take the lead.
``I had to hold back a lot,'' Keino said. ``You want to go hard and catch guys, but you can't do that. You have to take your time.''
Rexing made a move to try to pass Keino about 200 meters from the finish. But Keino still had a lot left and pulled away.
Kopf opened for Arizona in 4:09. Jeremy Lyon ran 4:11.6 on the second carry and Jones did 4:08.7.
Woody, a finalist in the 1996 Olympic trials, ran the 400 hurdles in 49.44 to break the Drake record of 49.50 set in 1986 by Baylor's Charles Powell. Taking the lead out of the blocks, Woody set the record even though no one was there at the end to push him.
Brian Moorman of Pittsburg State was a distant second in 51.10.
``I thought I'd run faster than that, but I'll take that time,'' Woody said. ``I've been up since 5 this morning. This was a really busy day for me, so I'm pretty happy with what I ran.''
Woody had to run in the 400 hurdle prelims at 8:15 a.m., than ran in the preliminaries of the 110 hurdles before the 400 final. But he didn't miss a step in his record run.
``I did 13 steps for the first six hurdles and then switched to 14,'' said Woody, who later ran in the prelims of the 1,600 relay. ``It was probably one of the most clean races I've run.''
Woody is just the second athlete to win the university-college 400 hurdles three times. Oklahoma's Gregg Byram did it in 1977, 1978 and 1979.
Texas-Arlington and Kansas State also won relays before a crowd of 17,100 in the 18,000-seat stadium, a record for the meet's Friday session.
Nelson Stewart, Cornelius Cavitt, Nic Scott and Elston Cawley sent Texas-Arlington to an easy victory in the 800 relay. Their time of 1:23.28 was more than a second faster than runner-up Washington, which ran 1:24.50.
Kansas State's Scott Galas passed Eastern Michigan's Kealoha Stokes 50 meters from the finish to give the Wildcats a victory in the 3,200 relay. Kansas State finished in 7:24.86, while Eastern Michigan ran 7:25.68.
Minnesota's Jason Schlueter won the discus with a throw of 186 feet, 11 inches. That was good enough to beat Iowa State teammates Jamie Beyer (185-4) and Tim Wilson (182-3).
Jeff Hartwig went 18-6 3/4 to win the invitational pole vault for the third straight year. Former world indoor record holder Joe Dial, who had expected to be Hartwig's top challenger, was a no-show.
Arizona's Erin Alrich, the national collegiate leader this spring, won the women's high jump. She cleared 6-2 _ the best jump at Drake since Jan Chesbro set the meet record of 6-3 in 1985. Aldrich missed three times at 6-3 1/2, which is her career best.
``Right now, I'm not in peak stage to jump real high,'' said Aldrich, who also plays volleyball at Arizona. ``I'm hoping for 6-5 or 6-6 in the NCAA when I'm fully rested.''
Nebraska's Angee Henry, the defending NCAA long jump champion, won the triple jump with a leap of 42-4 1/4. Her victory kept that event in Nebraska hands for the fourth straight year. The Cornhuskers' Nicole Martial had won the three previous years.
Lincoln won the women's 800 relay in 1:33.92 and Missouri won the distance medley in 11:13.67 _ four seconds faster than second-place Texas-El Paso.
In other women's events, Georgia's Vigdis Gudjonsdottir won the javelin with a throw of 163-8, Keisha Griffis of Washington ran 58.33 to win the 400 hurdles, Washington's Lia Minelli won the 800 in 2:09 and Malgorzata Biela of Lewis won the 3,000 in 9:37.49.
Iowa's Wynsome Cole crossed the finish line first in the women's 400 hurdles but was disqualified because she jumped the ninth hurdle in the wrong lane.