DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ As long as Bob Keino is anchoring, Arizona relay teams are never out of a race.

Keino brought Arizona from 40 meters back on the final carry to give the Wildcats a victory in the 6,400-meter relay Friday at the Drake Relays.

Running in ideal 60-degree weather, the son of legendary distance star Kip Keino churned out a 3-minute, 59.6-second 1,600 leg as Arizona won a distance relay at Drake for the third straight year.

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.

``This is pretty much my first year running the mile,'' Jones said. ``I wasn't sure how to go. I just did the best I could to keep us in the race.''

Nebraska's Angee Henry, the defending NCAA long jump champion, won the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 4 1/4 inches _ just 4 1/2 inches off the meet record.

Her victory kept that event in Nebraska hands for the fourth straight year. The Cornhuskers' Nicole Martial had won the three previous years.

In another women's event, Georgia's Vigdis Gudjonsdottir won the javelin with a throw of 163-8.

The two favorites, Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio, led the qualifying for Saturday's finals in the university 400 relay. Texas-El Paso, anchored by Olympian Obadele Thompson of Barbados, won its heat in 40.49. Texas-Arlington won the other preliminary race in 40.60.

Prairie View A&M led the sprint medley qualifying with a time of 3:19.06. Iowa bounced back after dropping the baton in the 400 relay prelims to run the second-best time in the sprint medley, 3:21.05.