MODESTO — Carl Lewis, who was on the East Coast a day earlier for his father's funeral, won the 200-meter dash in 20.25 seconds, best time in the world this year, at the S&W Modesto Invitational track and field meet Saturday night.
William Lewis, a track coach who guided his son Carl and daughter Carol in the early phases of their track careers, died Tuesday in New Jersey.
Lewis, the winner of four gold medals in the 1984 Olympics, was in command throughout the 200. His time also was a meet record, breaking the mark of 20.32 set in 1984 by Dwayne Evans, who was second Saturday night in 20.40.
Tonie Campbell won the 110-meter high hurdles in 13.19, and Jamaica's Merlene Ottey-Page won the women's 100-meter dash in 11.11. Their times also were world bests for the 1987 outdoor season.
Campbell already was the year's world pacesetter in the hurdles, with a recent 13.32 victory. Jack Pierce was second, in 13.49, in the race on the Modesto Junior College track, and 1984 Olympic champion Roger Kingdom was a disappointing sixth in 13.80.
The breeze was light during the races won by Lewis, Campbell and Ottey-Page, making their times legal. But several other winning performances were officially wind-aided, including the 10.03 by Harvey Glance against a strong men's 100 field.
The 30-year-old Glance, who beat Lewis in the Modesto 100 last year, repeated as the meet champion by holding off Mark Witherspoon at the finish. Witherspoon was second in 10.07, and world record-holder Calvin Smith and NCAA champion Lee McRae of Pitt both were clocked in 10.10.
Ian Morris of Trinidad set a meet record of 45.33 in the 400 meters, edging Innocent Egbunike of Nigeria, who finished in 45.37.
Bret Hyde of the U.S. Air Force set a meet record of 8:31 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as the previous record-holder, Henry Marsh, finished third.
Marsh's old record was 8:34.3.
Judi Brown King won the women's 400 in 57.25, with Cathy Freeman finishing second in 57.81. Other women's winners included Kim Gallagher in the 800 (2:03.81) and Kim McKenzie in the 100 hurdles (a wind-aided 13.16).