Public Address Announcer A Track Maven

FAYETTEVILLE -- Scott S. Davis, 61, served as public address announcer for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, as he has done for all six national indoor meets held in the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Davis, a mathematics teacher at Mount San Antonio (Calif.) College, is the director of the prestigious Mount SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., about an hour east of downtown Los Angeles.

The outdoor Mount SAC Relays, which Arkansas will attend on April 15-17, is America's largest track and field competition in terms of participation. Mount San Antonio College, with an enrollment of 41,000, is the second largest junior college in the country and the largest educational institution in California.

Davis, a walking and talking encyclopedia of track and field knowledge, has been doing P.A. at NCAA meets since 1987 and figures he's worked about 24 meets, indoors or outdoors.

UA men's coach John McDonnell is said to appreciate Davis' work.

The personable Davis always has a new joke to tell his friends.


The University of Texas enlists a proctor to administrate any makeup tests taken by its athletes during the period of the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.


Friday's attendance at the indoor meet was announced as 5,006, just outside the Top-10 crowds at the Tyson Center.


Arkansas women's coach Lance Harter hoped to get one point from senior Beyonka McDowell in the pentathlon event on Saturday.

McDowell, of Vallejo, Calif., began by running 8.64 in a slow heat of the 60-meter hurdles -- off her best time of 8.42. She then high-jumped 5-2 1/2, after which she stood 16th among 17 competitors.

But McDowell then had the best shot put of 45-7 1/4, just off her school pentathlon shot put record of 45-8 set in the recent Southeastern Conference Indoor Meet. McDowell screamed loudly after her successful throw, which moved her up to ninth place in the overall competition.

McDowell then long-jumped 19-5 1/4 (fifth best) to advance to fourth place through four events.

Alas, McDowell slipped to a 2:32.46 in the concluding 800-meter run and finished 13th overall with 3,973 points. She had scored 4,076 in the SEC meet.


Florida senior Candice Scott broke the U.S. and NCAA records in the 20-pound weight throw on Saturday in the Walker Indoor Pavilion with a distance of 79-3.75, or 24.17 meters. Erin Gilreath previously held the American record of 23.95 meters.

Arkansas senior Brandy Blackwood of Miami, Fla., just missed scoring as she placed ninth, but her throw of 68-6.50 broke her previous school record of 67-4.25 by more than a foot.

It was the Lady'Backs' second ninth-place finish of the meet. On Friday, Kasia Williams qualified ninth in the 60-meter hurdles.

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