UI''s True goes out with bang

BOISE, Idaho – Bobby True gave Illinois' men's track team a second All-American in as many days, placing fourth in the 800 meters at Friday night's NCAA Championships.

The senior finished in 1 minute, 47.93 seconds. Missouri's Derrick Peterson won the race in 1:46.97.

"Bobby's been a fierce competitor and great leader for this team," Illinois coach Gary Wieneke said. "He had a little sour taste in his mouth after last year when he finished eighth, so it was nice to see him get back and finish better this season."

The finish was True's best at the NCAA outdoor meet, the All-America honor his fourth. On Thursday, teammate Babatunde Ridley earned similar honors for placing seventh in the long jump.

True was the only Illini competing in Friday's finals.

UI sophomore Sherman Armstrong didn't advance in the 110 high hurdles, finishing sixth in the second semifinal at 14.02.

In the women's 100 dash, UI junior Kerry Ann Richards was also sixth in the second semifinal, turning in an 11.38.

Illinois' eight NCAA qualifiers are done for the meet, which wraps up today.

Stanford's men, seeking their fourth title but first since 1934, lead seven-time defending champion Arkansas and SMU by 22 points.

Individual winners included: Washington State's Bernard Lagat in the 1,500; South Carolina's 400 relay team; Baylor's Bayano Kamani in the 400 hurdles; Jacob Davis of Texas in the pole vault; and UTEP's Matti Narhi in the javelin.

The women's team title race became a three-way battle among defending champion Texas, UCLA and Southern California.

After 11 events, the Longhorns had 31 points. Close behind were UCLA and Southern Cal with 28 apiece.

In the 400 hurdles, UCLA's Joanna Hayes set a stadium record and ran the fastest time by a collegian this season in beating Jarrett, 55.16 to 55.80.

Other women's winners included: Baylor's Stacy Bowers in the triple jump; Villanova's Carrie Tollefson in the 3,000; and Georgia's Vigdia Gudjonadotti in the javelin.

Ohio State's Donica Merriman registered the season's fastest time by a collegian in the 100 hurdles, winning her semifinal heat at 12.84.

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