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It's a fast feat for Seminoles' Dix

Walter Dix put on quite a show in what might have been his farewell to college track.

The Florida State junior completed a triumphant week at the NCAA track and field championships in Sacramento yesterday by repeating as 200-meter champion and leading the Seminoles to their second consecutive title.

The Arizona State women rebounded from a disappointing start to the meet to win their first outdoor championship.

Northeastern's Zara Northover finished in 10th place in the women's shot put with a throw of 51 feet 3 inches.

In the men's 1,500, Providence's Max Smith finished sixth (3 minutes 37.56 seconds), while Dartmouth's Ben True was eighth (3:40.17). Lopez Lomong of Northern Arizona, one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan" who spent 10 years in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to the United States in 2001, won the race in 3:37.07.

Dix won three events -- the 100, 200, and 400-meter relay -- the first man to accomplish that since John Carlos for San Jose State in 1969.

The 100-200 double meant the most to the Seminole junior.

"It's something I've been working toward since my freshman year," Dix said. "Now that goal's out of the way; I still have the 100-meter record to get."

Dix was noncommittal about whether he'd return for his senior year of eligibility or turn pro.

"We'll see," he said.

FSU coach Bob Braman sounded as if he expected Dix to leave.

"Could you blame him?" Braman said. "He's done everything he needs to do. It's up to him, completely up to him. I've got to find some records for him to chase. It's the only reason he'd come back."

Dix eased to victory in the 200 in 20.32, well off the collegiate record and world-leading 19.69 he ran two weeks ago at the East Regional. With his 9.93 in the 100 Friday, Dix holds the world's best times in both events.

LSU finished second in the men's and women's team races.

Florida State won with only six men entered, all but one in the sprints. The Seminoles had 54 points to LSU's 38. Auburn was third with 34 and Tennessee fourth with 30 1/2.

Arizona State, reigning NCAA Indoor champions, wrapped up the title with a 1-3 finish in the shot put.

Jessica Pressley won the shot with a throw of 59- 3/4 inch. Teammate Sarah Stevens was third at 57-1. Their strong finish made amends for their failure to qualify for the finals in the discus Wednesday.

The Sun Devils had 60 points to LSU's 53. Michigan was third with 36 and Texas A&M fourth with 34.

Baseball
Mississippi St. 8, Clemson 5 -- A day after his home run lifted the Bulldogs to one victory in the NCAA Division 1 Super Regionals at Starkville, Miss., Mitch Moreland earned the save in the win that sent the program to the College World Series for the first time since 1998.

Moreland combined with Aaron Weatherford for four strikeouts and 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

It was an improbable run to Omaha, Neb., for Mississippi State (38-20), which had lost eight of 10 games heading into the postseason.

Oklahoma St. 3, Louisville 2 -- At Louisville, Ky., Keanon Simon's RBI single in the top of the 12th inning gave the Cowboys (42-20) the victory in the Super Regional, forcing a third game in the best-of-three series today.

Louisville (45-22) took the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth inning but couldn't hold on.

Rice 5, Texas A&M 2 -- At Houston, Matt Langwell allowed just one earned run and struck out seven to help the Owls (54-12) advance to the College World Series for the second straight year.

Langwell (8-1) pitched into the seventh inning to get the win.

UC-Irvine 1, Wichita St. 0 -- Anteaters righthander Scott Gorgen shut out the host Shockers in the teams' Super Regional opener.

The Anteaters (44-15-1) need one more victory to advance to the College World Series for the first time.

The first game of the Corvallis, Ore., Super Regional best-of-three series between Oregon State and Michigan was postponed because of rain. The game was rescheduled for today at 4 p.m.

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