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BYU sprinter shines at NCAA track meet

BYU's Frank Fredericks placed third in the 100-meter dash and a close second in the 200-meter dash on the final day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Durham, N.C.

Overcoming a poor start, Fredericks rallied late in the race to take third in the 100 with a time of 10.23. Houston's Leroy Burrell was a decisive winner in 9.94, and Texas A&M's Andre Cason was second in 10.19. BYU sophomore Eric Akogyiram was sixth in 10.25. Later in the evening, Fredericks, a junior from Namibia, ran the 200 and clocked a time of 20.32, losing by a scant .01 of a second to pre-race favorite Michael Johnson of Baylor.

The Cougars also got a strong performance from Per Karlsson, who placed third in the hammer, throwing 212-2 on his final throw. Utah State's Craig Carter was sixth with a mark of 208-10.

Thanks in large part to Fredericks' showing, BYU finished with 25 points, good for sixth place in the team standings. BYU was also sixth in the NCAA indoor championships and 11th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships during the 1989-90 school year.