UT freshman Sam Worley places fifth in NCAA 1,500 meters

Texas freshman Sam Worley rallied for a fifth-place finish Friday in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

The race was contested in a light rain at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Worley, a former state champion at New Braunfels Canyon High School, trailed near the back of the pack with two laps to go.

He was in seventh with about 200 meters remaining, but he kicked down the stretch, passing two runners to grab fifth.

Oliver Hoare, a sophomore from Wisconsin, rallied in the final 100 meters to win the title in 3 minutes and 44.77 seconds.

Senior Vincent Ciattei of Virginia Tech was second in 3:45.012, finishing just ahead of the defending champion, New Mexico’s Josh Kerr. Kerr was timed in 3:45.015.

Robert Domanic of Ole Miss was fourth in 3:45.47, with Worley fifth at 3:45.67. By virtue of his top eight finish, Worley is a first-team, All American.

Nobody in the race even approached a season-best time. Worley ran a season-best 3:40.00 in April in Azusa, California.

Cameron Burrell’s big day

University of Houston senior Cameron Burrell won the 100-meter dash in 10.13 seconds after anchoring the Cougars’ record-setting victory in the 4×100 relay.

The Cougars finished 1-2 in the 100 with Elijah Hall taking second.

In the triple jump, Texas A&M sophomore Tahar Triki won with a leap of 55 feet and one inch. Texas Tech junior Odaine Lewis placed second at 54-10 and 3/4.

USC’s Ford is seventh in the 800

Robert Ford, a Southern Cal senior from Johnson, won first-team, All-American honors by finishing seventh in the 800 meters.

Penn State’s Isaiah Harris won in 1:44.76. Freshman Marco Arop from Mississippi State was second in 1:45.25. UTEP’s Michael Saruni, who kicked into the lead on the second and final lap, faded to third in 1:45.31.

Ford covered two laps around the oval in 1:46.72.

UTSA’s Anderson ties for 13th

On a rainy day when freshman Tejaswin Shankar of Kansas State won the high jump by clearing only 7-4 1/2, UTSA’s Ty Anderson tied for 13th. Anderson went 6-9 and 3/4.

Georgia men win team title

1, Georgia, 52
2, Florida, 42
3, Houston, 35
4, USC, 34
5, Alabama, 33
5, Texas Tech, 33
7, Texas A&M, 29
8, Stanford, 28
8, LSU, 28
10, Miss. State, 26