Strutzel Advances To Semi-finals At World University Games

Aug. 30, 2001

UCLA alum Jess Strutzel won his men's 800m preliminary heat onThursday at the World University Games in Beijing, China and will advanceto Friday's semi-finals.

Strutzel, from Huntington Beach, won his 800m heat in a time of1:49.82. His USA teammate, Derrick Peterson, also advanced, placing secondin his heat with a mark of 1:49.44. Peterson won a bronze medal in thisevent at the 1999 WUGs.

During his Bruin career (1997-2000), Strutzel won two NCAA titles. In2000, he won the NCAA Indoor 800m crown and at the 1999 NCAA Indoor,Strutzel ran the first leg on UCLA's winning distance medley relay that setan American record (9:33.17). Strutzel holds the school outdoor (1:45.81)and indoor (1:46.48) 800m records. At this summer's U. S. Championships,June 21-24 at Eugene, OR, he placed third in the 800m (1:47.53).

At the WUGs on Wednesday, UCLA senior Tracy O'Hara no-heighted in thewomen's pole vault. At the U. S. meet, she placed fourth (14-1 1/4) and wasa member of the U. S. team that competed at the World Championships, Aug.3-12 at Edmonton, Canada.

In other UCLA track and field news, Bruin alums John Godina andSeilala Sua will be among hundreds of track and field athletes who willcompete at the upcoming Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 4-7.Both Godina and Sua have had successful 2001 outdoor campaigns. Godina wonthe shot put at the World (71-9) and U. S. (70-10 1/2) Championships. Suaplaced sixth in the discus at the Worlds (209-1) and won both the shot put(58-11 1/2) and discus (207-10) at the U. S. Championships. It was herfourth consecutive U. S. discus crown and first shot put title.

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