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Sunday, June 4, 1995 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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NCAA Track And Field Championships -- Guthrie-Gresham Snaps Joyner- Kersee's '83 Record

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Diane Guthrie-Gresham of George Mason University shattered Jackie Joyner-Kersee's NCAA meet record in the heptathlon, finishing with 6,527 points yesterday for her second consecutive title.

The senior from Jamaica beat Joyner-Kersee's mark of 6,390 points, set in Houston in 1983 when she was competing for UCLA, by 137 points. Joyner-Kersee, the 1988 and 1992 Olympic heptathlon gold medalist, also owns the collegiate record of 6,718, set in 1985 in Baton Rouge, La.

Guthrie-Gresham was awesome in the two-day competition at the University of Tennessee.

In the seven events, she set four personal bests and tied one. Her career bests included 13.86 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles; 45 feet, 3 1/2 inches in the shot put; 22-8 1/4 in the long jump; and 160-11 in the javelin.

The long jump also was a 1995 collegiate best.

Guthrie-Gresham, a 1992 Jamaican Olympian in the long jump, finished second to West Virginia's Pat Itanyi by three-quarters of an inch (22-1 to 22- 1/4) in that event Thursday.

Guthrie-Gresham also matched her career best in the high jump at 6-1 1/4.

Her point total broke the stadium record of 6,371 set by Kym Carter last year.

In winning the heptathlon last year, Guthrie-Gresham became the first athlete in NCAA history to win a multi-event title and an individual title. She was the 1991 long jump champion.

Her total yesterday was 695 points ahead of Ali McKnight of Nevada, the runner-up with 5,832 points.

The heptathlon was the first of 19 finals yesterday in the conclusion of the four-day championships.

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