Linetta Wilson of Nebraska set an American record in the women's 500 meters, and Roddie Haley of Arkansas had the fastest time in the men's 500 Friday night in qualifying races at the NCAA Indoor track and field championships at Oklahoma City.
Wilson won her heat in 1 minute 9 seconds, breaking the old mark of 1:09.75 set by Ilrey Oliver of Tennessee in last year's meet.
Haley won his heat in 1:00.91, the second fastest time ever by a collegian. Michael Greene of Navy, who set the collegiate record of 1:00.84 last week, won his heat in 1:01.53.
While Haley moved ahead as expected, Arkansas, the three-time defending champion and the favorite to repeat, received some setbacks. NCAA outdoor champion Jeff Pascoe failed to score in the pole vault, and Gary Taylor, the third-place finisher in the mile last year, failed to qualify for the final, placing seventh in his heat.