Unheralded Erick Walder completed a rare triple-jump, long-jump double Saturday night, leading Arkansas' irrepressible Razorbacks to their ninth consecutive men's title in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Florida, led by Leah Kirklin's second straight victory in the triple jump, won its first women's title, ending the recent domination by Louisiana State and Texas.Walder began his double Friday night by winning the long jump at 26 feet, 31/2 inches. He completed it Saturday night, taking the triple jump at 55-43/4, the best of his career and the longest by a collegian this season.
Clemson, which never has won the championship and last year finished 44th with 2 points, was runner-up with 46 points. Florida was third with 38 points, after setting an American record of 7 minutes, 18.23 srconds, in the 3,200-meter relay.
Stanford was second with 26 points and Villanova third with 22.
Meanwhile, Arizona State's Maicel Malone, the race favorite and crowd favorite, became the first woman to win three 400-meter titles at the championships, joining her husband as a meet winner.
Malone eased to victory in 52.16 seconds.