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Bayer 8th in 1,500 to end Indiana run

Bayer

Indiana senior Andy Bayer failed to defend his 1,500-meter title Saturday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore.

The Leo graduate finished eighth with a time of 3 minutes, 51.9 seconds. Bayer was more than a second behind Oregon’s Mac Fleet, who finished in 3:50.25.

Bayer still earned his 11th All-American honor, one short of former IU standout Jim Spivey’s 12 honors.

Bayer collected 55 points in NCAA championships at IU, putting him third on the school’s all-time list behind Aarik Wilson’s 70 and Derek Drouin’s 66.

Bayer collected first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place finishes at NCAA meets in his career.

Indiana tied for 21st in the men’s portion with 11 points, and the Hoosiers’ women tied for 53rd with two points.

Top-ranked Kansas wrapped up its first women’s team title before the day was finished and had 60 points, thwarting Oregon’s attempt to sweep team titles this year in the sport’s three NCAA championships. The Ducks wound up third behind Texas A&M.

Texas A&M and Florida shared the men’s team title with 53 points apiece. The Aggies’ shot at an outright championship was dashed in the 1,600-meter relay, when they dropped the baton and finished last. Florida won the event in 3:01.34, catapulting the Gators into the first tie for the championship since 1978.

It was the second straight title for the Gators after three straight for Texas A&M.

Clemson junior Brianna Rollins broke her own collegiate record in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished in 12:39 seconds, besting her mark of 12.47 seconds set in the semifinals Thursday.

It was the best overall time in the world this season and the fastest ever in the event at Hayward Field. Earlier this year, the 21-year old set a championship meet mark in the 60 hurdles with a 7.79 for the NCAA indoor title.

LSU senior Kimberlyn Duncan won the women’s 200 in a wind-aided 22.04 seconds, tying her for the fastest collegiate 200 in any conditions.

Last year’s Bowerman Award winner is the first woman to win the event in three consecutive years.

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