UI's Grant jumps for joy at NCAAs

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Illinois junior Stacy Ann Grant won All-America honors in the high jump for the third straight year, placing fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday night.

Grant, who soared 6 feet and 1/2-inch, finished fifth as a freshman and seventh as a sophomore.

"She was able to match her personal record and she just gave it a great effort," UI coach Gary Winckler said.

The Illini women racked up 15 points, tying for 15th place. The Illini men tied for 56th with three points.

Texas won the women's title, Arkansas the men's.

For the Razorbacks, who got a gutsy 1,500-meter victory from Seneca Lassiter, a second consecutive long jump-triple jump double from Robert Howard and a clutch performance by 5,000-meter runner Mike Power, it was championship No. 7 in a row.

Texas, which finished one point behind 11-time champion LSU last year, clinched its first title in 12 years by winning the final 1,600-meter relay in 3 minutes, 28.65 seconds, the fastest by a college team this season.

The 10 points for the victory gave Texas 60, five ahead of runner-up UCLA.

Arkansas finished with 581/2 points to extend its domination among the men, while Stanford, seeking its first title since 1934, was second with 51.

The Razorbacks trailed Stanford 39-251/2 going into the final day of the four-day championships at the State University at Buffalo. They began chopping into that lead when Lassiter defended his title, holding off Stanford's Gabe Jennings down the stretch.

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