FRIDAY COLLEGE RESULTS/Florida edges Texas A&M in battle of favorites at NCAA track and field meet

It figured, on paper, to be Texas A&M or Florida.

It was Florida, by two points.

The Gators won the NCAA men's track and field championship Friday at Hayward Field, scoring 61 1/2 points.TRACK AND FIELD

A&M, which nudged Florida by a half-point to win the NCAA indoor meet in March, was second with 59 1/2.

Virginia was third with 36, three ahead of Arkansas.

Host Oregon, minus a potential 20 points since the early retirement of distance ace Edward Cheserek, managed to scrape out 19 1/2 points and place ninth.

Kyree King, a fifth-year senior transfer, of the Ducks took fourth in the 100 and 200 meters. He also helped the 4x100 relay place sixth before the crowd of 11,488.

Former Grant High speedster Julius Shellmire joined King, Damarcus Simpson and anchor Marcus Chambers on that team.

The Ducks were only 3 1/2 points ahead of three teams that tied for 14th and 5 1/2 points from 20th place.

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