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JOYNER-KERSEE, HUFFMAN FLY HIGH AT USA MEET

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee carved another niche in her illustrious career, and pole vaulter Scott Huffman carved an American record.

Joyner-Kersee became the first woman to win the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles at the USA-Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.She won the long jump for the fifth consecutive time with a wind-aided leap of 23 feet, 51/4 inches - one of only two measured jumps she had and the best ever in the championships.

Then, just 11/2 hours later, she won her first outdoor hurdles title in 12.88 seconds, the fastest by an American this year and her fastest in two years.

Huffman, the top-ranked pole vaulter in the United States last year, soared 19 feet, 7 inches, breaking the American record and winning his second straight national title. It was also the best vault in the world this year.

Only two other vaulters - Sergei Bubka of Ukraine and Rodion Gataullin of Russia - ever have vaulted higher.

And Mike Powell, the world record-holder in the long jump whose 34-meet winning streak was broken by Kareem Streete-Thompson on June 7, was in danger of losing to Streete-Thompson again.

But on his final attempt, Powell overtook his rival, soaring a wind-aided 28-53/4. Streete-Thompson's best was a wind-aided 28-41/4 on his second try.

Joyner-Kersee's five straight titles are the most for a women's long jumper in the national championships since Stella Walsh won eight in a row from 1939-46. Walsh won 10 titles overall, four more than Joyner-Kersee.

The 29-year-Huffman was surprised to break the American record of 19-61/2, set by Joe Dial exactly seven years ago.

"My last three meets had left me with as much confidence as I had in high school - none," Huffman said. "I cleared 18-0 in Vancouver, then 17-3, then no-heighted in my last meet.

"I wasn't expecting this."