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Campbell-Brown, Lawrence win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Veronica Campbell-Brown won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.15 seconds at the Tyson Invitational Friday night at the University of Arkansas.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist from Jamaica ran the 10th-fastest time in the world this year and earned her first indoor victory of the season.

"The main thing is that I came out here and executed well and I finished healthy," Campbell-Brown said. "Of course I wanted to run a little faster but I'm just going to be patient. I know I'm healthy and I'll keep improving as the season goes along."

Campbell-Brown, an Arkansas alum, ran the event for the second time this season after finishing second to American Lisa Barber in the 60 last week at the Millrose Games in New York.

"It was fun to come back here to Arkansas and run," Campbell-Brown said. "This is one of my favorite tracks and I'm happy to be back. Everybody looks forward to coming here and competing."

She is competing in the event for the first time since 2006, when she set the Tyson Invitational record.

Earlier in the day, Georgia sophomore Torrin Lawrence ran the fastest time in the world this year in the men's 400 meter dash, finishing his heat in 45.03 seconds.

Lawrence edged out Florida senior Calvin Smith in the heat. Smith's time of 45.98 seconds was the third-fastest time in the world this year. The times were the two fastest in the NCAA this year.

"My coach told me to get out of the 200 faster than I usually do," Lawrence said. "I was trying to push the pace. I didn't know how close behind me he was so I was just trying to run fast to get to the break and it carried me through the whole race."

The time was a personal best for Lawrence, breaking his best of 46.18 seconds at the Tyson Invitational last year.

"I like this track," Lawrence said. "It's a fast track."

Team USA sprinter Wallace Spearmon Jr. was penciled in to run the 400 meter but was a late scratch. The Fayetteville-native was also scratched from the 60 meter dash preliminaries Friday, but is still scheduled to run the 200 Saturday.

Spearmon finished third in the 200 meters at the World Championships in Berlin last summer.

In the evening session, Ryan Brathwaite (Barbados) was an automatic qualifier for the March World Indoor Championships in Quatar, winning the men's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.64, followed closely by qualifier Aries Merritt (United States) with a time of 7.66.

Brathwaite won the 110 meter hurdles at the World Championships in Berlin last summer.

Perdita Felician of Canada qualified for the World Indoor Championships in the women's 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.01 seconds.

In other collegiate races, both Liberty's Sam Chelunga (13:44.16) and Clemson's Kimberly Ruck (16:11.49) ran the NCAA's fastest times in the 5000 meters this year.

Florida sophomore Jeff Demps, a running back for the Gators, ran the NCAA's fastest men's 60 meter dash with a time of 6.59 seconds.