Gay sizzles to 19.93 seconds in 200 semis
Gay's time in the semifinals was the third-fastest in NCAA meet history and eclipsed the 19.97 that Razorbacks teammate Wallace Spearmon had in April as the event's fastest mark in 2005.
''I didn't expect to run that fast, but when I did, that's the first thing I thought about I've got the school record back,'' Gay said.
Freshmen Xavier Carter of LSU and Walter Dix of Florida State were second- and third-fastest in the semis at 20.14 and 20.18. Spearmon, who broke the American indoor 200 record in the NCAA championships in March, has been bothered by a sore right knee and was the fourth-fastest qualifier at 20.31.
Gay, a senior, is not competing in the 100 in the NCAA meet because he was disqualified by a false start in the Mideast Regional.
''I was motivated a lot,'' he said. ''I was motivated for the four-by-one (400 relay) yesterday and that motivation carried over to the 200.''
Gay said he figured he needed a fast time because he was racing in the same heat as Carter, who had beaten him in the 200 in the regional and Southeastern Conference championships.
''I didn't really want to run that fast because it takes a lot out of your legs,'' Gay said. ''I'm going to ice up and should be ready to go.''
Losing the school record was the biggest deal to Spearmon.
''I can't believe he did that,'' Spearmon said. ''At least wait until you graduate or something.''
Arkansas, two-time defending men's team champion, has three runners in Saturday night's 200 finals.
Another freshman, Shalonda Solomon of South Carolina, led qualifiers for the finals in the women's 200 at 22.82 seconds. Charlette Greggs of Miami was second fastest at 22.85, just ahead of Tremedia Brice of Texas Southern (22.90).
Kenyan Robert Cheseret of Arizona, the defending NCAA 5,000 champion, passed Oregon freshman Galen Rupp with just over a lap to go to win the 10,000 in 28:20.11. Rupp, who set the pace almost from the start, was second at 28:23.75. Peter Kosgei of Arkansas, also a Kenyan and the favorite in the 3,000 steeplechase, was third at 28:39.29.
The UCLA women saw their hopes for a repeat team title fade when defending champion Chelsea Johnson passed on her first two heights, then missed three times at 13-1½ in the qualifying round of the pole vault. Johnson set the collegiate record at 15-0 last year.
Texas, the women's team favorite, got a second-place from Marshevet Hooker in the long jump at 21-8. Sophomore Tianna Madison of Tennessee, the reigning indoor champion, won the event at 21-10¼.
Australian Fabrice Lapierre of Texas A&M won the men's long jump, going a wind-aided 26 feet, 9 inches on his final attempt, 1½ feet farther than he'd gone in any of his first four jumps. Oliver Koenig of Iowa State was second with a wind-legal 26-3, also on his final jump.
Sara Slattery of Colorado pulled away from Caroline Bierbaum of Columbia to win the women's 10,000 in 33:02.21. Two-time defending champion Alicia Craig of Stanford, never fully recovered from post-concussion syndrome after falling from a bunk bed ladder last fall, withdrew from the race with 11 laps to go.
Trey Hardee of Texas held off Mustafa Abdur-Rahim of Dartmouth to win the decathlon. Hardee had 7,881 points to 7,739 for Abdur-Rahim.
Texas Tech ran the fastest men's 1,600-meter relay in the world this year, 3:01.69, in the preliminary round, topping the 3:01.91 by the U.S. ''Red'' squad at the Texas Relays in April.
After three men's events, Texas had 15 points, followed by Arizona and Texas A&M with 10 apiece. Arkansas had nine. Colorado had the women's lead with 14 points. Tennessee had 10, Texas and Columbia eight apiece.
Kerron Clement, in the final week of his brief but outstanding college career, eased to victory in his qualifying heat in the 400 hurdles.
The Florida sophomore, defending champion in the event and holder of the world indoor 400 record, said he was running at 75 percent to conserve energy, but still was timed in 49.13 seconds, more than a second faster than the No. 2 qualifier.
Clement, who will turn professional after the meet, broke Michael Johnson's decade-old indoor 400 record at the NCAA championships. The hurdles is his preferred race, though.
''It is a challenge,'' he said, ''because you have to combine stamina and speed, and I have both.''
Wednesday night's rain gave way to sunshine in the second day of the four-day competition at Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State campus, site of the last two U.S. Olympic trials.