Illini True's best race good for another honor
INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois' Bobby True entered the NCAA Indoor meet seeded fifth in the 800-meter run. That's the way he left, too.
True finished Saturday's race in 1 minute, 46.96 seconds, good for fifth place and All-America honors. The time was a personal best for True, who set an Illinois and Big Ten record in the event.
Fifth place means True is an All-American for the fifth time.
Three other Illini earned All-America honors Saturday. In the women's 60 dash, Keri Ann Richards finished sixth in 7.44. Teammate Aleisha Latimer took seventh in the race in 7.46.
"I was disappointed in my time," Richards said. "But this was a different level of competition than we've seen all season. We really could have finished higher than we did."
Illinois high jumper Stacy Ann Grant was fifth in the high jump, leaping 6 feet.
While Illinois had three placers in the women's meet, Texas won the team title.
Suziann Reid of Texas extended her streak of collegiate victories at 400 meters by successfully defending her title in the event and then ran a strong anchor in the 1,600-meter relay as Texas retained the NCAA Indoor Track and Field championship.
Reid got out first in the 400, completing her first lap in a speedy 24.29 seconds. She pulled away from Baylor's Yulana Nelson down the backstretch to win the event for a 10th consecutive time in 51.68, nearly a second faster than her winning time last year.
Arkansas used depth to win its 15th men's indoor title in 16 years. The Razorbacks accumulated 65 points although their only victory came in the triple jump – an event they've dominated.