UTEP's point total might also have been bigger had Coach Ted Banks selected someone other than Peter Lemashon to anchor his two-mile relay team. Because of a foul-up in registration, Lemashon was ineligible, although neither Banks nor Lemashon was aware of it. Lemashon made up three places in the last 5� laps to give his mates what looked like a championship-clinching victory, but when his status became known, the UTEP relay team was disqualified. It then was left to James Munyala to nail down the title in the mile. He did so with a win in 3:59.81, his first sub-four-minute effort. The 25-year-old Kenyan, who has won the NCAA steeplechase three times, got an unexpected assist going into the gun lap from East Tennessee's Ray Flynn and Arkansas' Niall O'Shaughnessy, who seemed more intent on muscling each other to the outside than on running. They left room enough on the inside for Munyala to zip past both of them.
"It was my intention to try to pass on the outside down the last straightaway," Munyala said, "but there was nowhere I could go but in. This is only my third mile indoors, and I don't know the tactics all that well yet."
Munyala's victory gave foreigners seven individual NCAA championships, while U.S. athletes recovered from their slow start to win eight events. The meet hardly could have ended better for Detroit, a city with no great love for imports.