Burrell Rides Wind to 19.61 in 200

Houston’s Leroy Burrell ran a wind-aided 19.61 seconds in the 200 meters--the fastest time ever--and he also won the 100 meters in a wind-aided 9.94 at the Southwest Conference track met Saturday at College Station, Tex.

Arkansas scored heavily in the distance events and won its third consecutive men’s team title, and Houston won the women’s division, ending Texas’ string of five titles.

Burrell surpassed the world record of 19.72 seconds by Italy’s Pietro Mennea in 1979, but the 4-meters-per-second wind was well over the 2.0 mps allowable for world records.

Burrell caught Texas A&M;'s Andre Cason with about 40 meters left in the 100 meters and hit the tape at 9.94 with a 2.8-meters-per-second wind.