Former Tiger Davis Wins Triple Jump

CARSON, Calif. -- Former Tiger great Walter Davis won the national triple jump title Saturday afternoon as action from the USA Track and Field Championships continued at the Home Depot Center.

Davis' win completed his sweep of the 2005 U.S. titles in the event as he won the indoor crown in February. The national title is the fourth of the LaFayette native's career and his second in the outdoor triple jump. He previously won gold in the event at the 2002 championships.

Davis won the meet on his fourth jump of the day, recording a leap 56-3 1/2. The jump, over a foot better than the nearest competitor, also secured him a spot on the United States' World Championships team that will compete in Helsinki, Finland, August 5-14.

Also earning a berth on the world championships team was former Lady Tiger standout Muna Lee. Lee breezed through the semifinals of the 100-meter dash, finishing seaond in her heat with a time of 10.99, securing solid a lane position for the finals. Running out of lane five, Lee then ran to an impressive second-place showing, posting a time of 11.28 seconds. MeLisa Barbar won the meet title in 11.10.

In other finals action, former Tiger Derrick Brew qualified for the world championships' 4x400-meter relay pool by virtue of his fifth-place finish in the 400 meters (45.01).

Freshman Deonna Lawrence placed fifth in the junior women's 400-meter dash. The Elk Grove, Calif., native was just off her personal record pace, crossing the line in 52.98.

Also participating in the junior competition was fellow freshman Amanda Harmata who placed 10th in the javelin with a toss of 139-1.

In preliminary round competition, Bennie Brazell and Xavier Carter advanced in the 400-meter hurdles and the 200 meters, respectively.

Brazell earned a spot in the hurdle finals after finishing second in his semifinal heat with a time of 48.93.

Carter advanced to the semifinals in the 200-meter dash after clocking 20.54 in the preliminary rounds.

Action from the USA Championships wraps up tomorrow afternoon when competition gets underway at 9 a.m. (CT).

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