Lawson wins thrice, Allen repeats
EUGENE — There was no single win that Jarrion Lawson was most proud of, and he had three to choose from.
Lawson won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump at the NCAA track and field championships, becoming the first athlete to win all three since Jesse Owens did it 80 years ago.
"I'm proud of everything. This is just amazing, just to come out and win three events and be put in the same sentence as Jesse Owens," he said.
Lawson, now a six-time national champion, won the 100 in in 10.22 seconds, closing to the victory over the final 30 meters. Less than an hour later he claimed the 200 in 20.19. He won the long jump Wednesday, the first day of the meet.
He accounted for 31.5 total points for the Razorbacks, also the most since Owens scored 40 in 1935 and 1936 for Ohio State. It was just the third time Lawson entered all three events at one meet.
But Florida ultimately won the men's team title, its third in five years, pushed into the points lead (62) with a second-place finish in the final event, the 1,600 relay. The Gators, who also won team title in 2012 and 2013, spoiled hometown Oregon's attempt at a third straight team title at Hayward Field. The Ducks (48) finished fourth behind Arkansas (56) and Texas A&M (50).
"I think even coming into today that nobody thought that we'd be here — except us," Gators coach Mike Holloway said after celebrating the victory.
Lawson wasn't the only record breaker as the athletes navigated periodic showers and the occasional stiff breeze. Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier set a collegiate record in the 800. His mark of 1:43.55 broke Kansas star Jim Ryun's NCAA record set in 1966 and was the second-fastest time in the world this year.
Oregon's Devon Allen won the 110 hurdles, his second NCAA title in the event. Teammate Edward Cheserek followed his win Wednesday in the 10,000 meters by taking the 5,000.
Allen, also a receiver on the Ducks' football team, won ni 13.50 seconds. He made a splash at the NCAA championships two years ago as a freshman. His time of 13.16 seconds set a meet record, besting Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt's mark of 13.21 set in 2006 for Tennessee.
"Decent race, pretty consistent for the season, so I'm happy," said Allen, who was sidelined last year — from both the track and football teams — because of a knee injury.
Cheserek surged into the lead with 250 meters to go Friday, then powered through to hold off the other contenders and win in 13:25.59.
Arman Hall helped the Gators with a victory in the 400, finishing in 44.82. Hall was also the one who spurred Florida for the title-clinching relay at the end of the night.
Akron junior Clayton Murphy pulled away down the stretch to win the 1,500 in 3:36.38, a personal best and a school record. Washington senior Izaic Yorks was second and Oregon sophomore Sam Prankel, a volunteer at the NCAA championships here two years ago, was third.
"That's cool, but it's all about coming back in two weeks and running fast," Murphy said, referring to the Olympic Trials in July.
Lawson, who had previous NCAA titles in the relays and indoor long jump, plans to run all three of his events at the trials. A finish in the top three will earn him a trip to the Rio Olympics.
"I came here expecting to win three events," he said. "Obviously it's hard, but I did all the events because I love to do 'em."
The women's team championship will be decided today.