EUGENE, Ore. - Track speed won out over football speed in the men's 400-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday night.
A lean Kim Collins, running anchor for TCU, overcame Tennessee's burlier football player, Leonard Scott, as the Horned Frogs got the best of their biggest rivals for the team title.
TCU was timed at 38.58 seconds, the fastest by a college team this year, and faster than the Hayward Field record of 38.66, set by the Volunteers in the preliminaries.
Lindel Frater got TCU off to a quick start, but sensational freshman Justin Gatlin put Tennessee back in contention on the second leg. Tennessee was slightly ahead when Scott took the baton for the final 100 meters. But Collins put on a quick burst of speed and beat Scott by about three meters.
The Volunteers finished second at 38.80.
The women's 400 relay also was won on the anchor leg, as LSU freshman Muna Lee whipped past Southern California's Kinshasa Davis to give the Tigers the victory at 43.54.
It was LSU's ninth title in the event in the past 13 years and reversed last year's finish when the Trojans beat the Tigers by .02 seconds.
This time, Southern California placed second at 43.64.
"Last year, we were so close," LSU's Myra Combs said. "They beat us ... so this year it feels good to get a little revenge."
Southern California's Candace Young said, "We got them last year, now they got us back."
Harvard's Brenda Taylor ran the fastest time by a collegian this year in winning the women's 400 hurdles at 55.88. Taylor trailed slightly coming into the final curve, but overtook Rice's Allison Beckford and won by nearly five meters. Beckford was runner-up at 56.22.
Bayano Kimani led a 1-2 Baylor finish in the men's 400 hurdles, running 48.99, the fastest by an American in 2000, in regaining the title he won in 1999. Michael Smith was second at 49.34.
Tolga Koseoglu of Texas A&M beat two-time defending champion Gabor Mate of Auburn in winning the men's discus at 204 feet, 10 inches. Mate took second at 199-8.
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