Facebook Twitter

TENNESSEE RUNNER WINS 800 FOR 3RD STRAIGHT TIME

SHARE TENNESSEE RUNNER WINS 800 FOR 3RD STRAIGHT TIME

Tony Parrilla did it in his accustomed way. Debbie Ann Parris did exactly what she did a year ago. Holli Hyche did it in unaccustomed fashion.

Parrilla, who has made coming from behind a regular practice, turned on his patented strong finishing kick Friday night to win the men's 800 meters for a record-tying third straight time at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Rallying from five meters back in fifth place coming around the final turn, the Tennessee senior swooped past Illinois' Marko Koers with 35 meters left and won by two meters in 1 minute, 46.01 seconds, the fastest time by an American this year.

Parris, a senior from Louisiana State, ran the leadoff leg on the winning 400 relay team, and a half-hour later successfully defended her title in the 400 hurdles.

Hyche, the impertubable senior from Indiana State, continued her sizzling showing in the women's sprints.

After winning her quarterfinal heat in the 100 in a personal-best 11.09 Thursday night, Hyche took her semifinal Friday in 11.03, the fastest in the world this year.

She was to run the 200 semifinal later Friday and the 100 and 200 finals today.

Hyche, the defending champion in both events and the NCAA indoor 55 and 200 champion the past two years, is trying to become the first to sweep the indoor and outdoor sprints two consecutive years.

Meanwhile, LSU's men's team completed a sweep of the 400 relays, winning for the third year in a row in 38.91, the fastest by a college team in 1994.