Azusa Pacific, dominating the three-day competition like few others in the previous 36 years, claimed its sixth consecutive National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics men's track title Saturday at Azusa Pacific, beating second-place finisher Prairie View A&M by 49 points.
In the first NAIA championship meet on the West Coast since 1958, when it was held in San Diego, the Cougars all but wrapped up the title after the second day, when they had a 55-point lead over Wisconsin Parkside. Saturday, they continued the runaway to become the first men's team to win six championships.
"Overall it was a very good meet for us," Azusa Pacific Coach Terry Franson said. "The first two days were very good. Today we faltered in a couple spots but overall we were real strong."
Azusa Pacific had won titles in West Virginia, Michigan and Arkansas. But Franson, concerned about expectations and possible distractions at home, had the Cougars stay in campus dorms, where most of the other teams were housed.