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Hurdler Washington takes third at national championships

Jun 8, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Hurdlers (from left) Vincent Wyatt (Western Kentucky), Yanick Hart (Florida), Adarius Washington (Indiana State), Jordan Moore (LSU) and Teivaskie Lewin (South Dakota) run in a 110m hurdles semfinal during the 2016 NCAA Track and Field championships at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 8, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Hurdlers (from left) Vincent Wyatt (Western Kentucky), Yanick Hart (Florida), Adarius Washington (Indiana State), Jordan Moore (LSU) and Teivaskie Lewin (South Dakota) run in a 110m hurdles semfinal during the 2016 NCAA Track and Field championships at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana State’s Adarius Washington finished third in the 110-meter hurdles Friday night in the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Eugene, Ore.

Florida outscored runner-up Arkansas 62-56 for the men’s team championship. Texas A&M was third with 50 points and Oregon fourth with 48. Purdue tied for 15th with 14 points for its highest finish since 10th in 1972.

Top-ranked Devon Allen of Oregon won the hurdles on his home track, clocking 13.50 seconds into a headwind (2 mph). Washington, a senior from Warren Central High School, closed quickly to finish in 13.68.

“I probably, if had some extra hurdles, could have caught up to him,” Washington said afterward.

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He said the headwind seemed stronger than what was recorded, adding “everybody was bumping hurdles.”

Washington, whose best time is 13.40, still aims at the school record of 13.35 set by Greggmar Swift in 2014. He said he will race Swift in the upcoming Barbados nationals before the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Elsewhere, Furman sophomore Troy Reeder (Hamilton Southeastern) was seventh in 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:42.26. Purdue was sixth in the 1,600 relay in 3:06.25.

Arkansas senior Jarrion Lawson completed a 100/200/long jump sweep. He won the long jump (26 feet, 9 inches) Wednesday, then followed by taking the 100 in 10.22 and 200 in 20.18. Lawson is the first to win three individual NCAA titles since Jesse Owens in 1936.

Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier produced the stunner of the meet, winning the 800 meters in 1:43.55. Brazier, 19, broke the collegiate and American junior record of 1:44.3 set 50 years ago to the day by Jim Ryun at Terre Haute.

Oregon's Edward Cheserek, right, reacts after winning the men's 5,000 meters, in front of Stanford's Sean McGorty, left, at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, right, reacts after winning the men’s 5,000 meters, in front of Stanford’s Sean McGorty, left, at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Oregon junior Edward Cheserek added the 5,000-meter title (13:25.59) to the one he won Wednesday at 10,000. He tied the all-time record of 15 NCAA championships.

Late Thursday, Indiana’s Sydney Clute (Center Grove) finished fourth in the women’s pole vault at 14 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Purdue’s Jessica Harter vaulted 13-9 ¼ for sixth.

Call IndyStar reporter David Woods at (317) 444-6195. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidWoods007.

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