World's Fastest Men's And Women's Sprinters Set to Run at Stanford
June 18, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - The fastest men's and women's sprinters in the world, including World Record holder Maurice Green and Olympic sensation Marion Jones, will run at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field at the USA Track and Field Championships on June 21-23. All of America's elite sprinters and hurdlers are scheduled to compete for national title crowns and prize money totaling more than $450,000.00. The winner of each event will earn a spot on Team USA that will compete in the IAAF World Cup Track and Field in Madrid, Spain in September. The United States has won more Olympic and World Championship gold medals in the sprints and hurdles than any other country.
Tickets can be purchased at the Stanford Athletics ticket office located at Gate 1 of Stanford Stadium or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Tickets also will be sold the day of the event. A capacity crowd is expected so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early. For a complete schedule of events and additional information, please visit the USA Track and Field Championship website at www.ustfnationals.org
Women's 100 Meters (Finals: Saturday June 22; 5:15 p.m.)
The world's fastest woman Marion Jones will compete for her second consecutive victory at Cobb Track and Angell after winning the 100 meters at the Oracle U.S. Open at Stanford on June 8. Jones an Olympic gold medalist, two-time World champion, and three-time U.S. champion in the 100 meters has a personal best of 10.65, the second fastest performance all-time in the world. 2001 U.S. 100 meter champion and Stanford graduate Chryste Gaines will look to defeat Jones in her return to The Farm. The Stanford school record holder has a career best of 10.89. Kelli White has a best of 10.99 and will push Jones and Gaines to the wire. Angela Williams of USC recently became the first woman in collegiate history to win four consecutive NCAA 100 meter titles.
Men's 100 Meters (Finals: Saturday June 22; 5:35 p.m.)
World record holder and Olympic champion Maurice Green will face many challenges including 2001 U.S. national champion Tim Montgomery, the second fastest man all-time in the 100 meters. Green's World record stands at 9.79 while Montgomery's best is 9.84. The two have not raced each other since Green defeated Montgomery at the 2001 World Track and Field Championships last July in Edmonton. Other contenders include Shawn Crawford who has the fastest time in the world this year at 9.94 and J.J. Johnson who is third fastest at 9.95. Coby Miller and Brian Lewis round out the list of sub-10.00 performers at 9.98 and 9.99 respectively.
Women's 200 Meters (Finals: Sunday June 23; 3:45 p.m.)
As dominant in the 200 meters as she is in the 100 meters, Marion Jones tops the 2002 world list in the with a time of 22.32. Jones' best of 21.62 is the second fastest time ever. Four other American women are ranked in the top eight in the world in the 200 meters including 20 year old Stephanie Durst at 22.48 and Oakland, CA native Kelli White, the 2001 World Championship bronze medalist in the 200 meters. White, a former prep star at James Logan High School in Union City is the 2002 U.S. Indoor champion in the 200 meters.
Men's 200 Meters (Finals: Sunday June 23; 3:52 p.m.)
In addition to topping the 100 meter world list in 2002, Shawn Crawford leads the world in the 200 meters with a personal best of 19.85. Crawford is the Indoor American Record holder in the 200 meters and the defending Outdoor U.S. 200 meter champion. Bernard Williams has the third fastest time in the world this year at 20.19 while Ramon clay is sixth best in the world with a time of 20.27. Maurice Green is also very quick in the half-lap race with a personal best of 19.86. J.J. Johnson enters with a fast career best of 19.88. Coby Miller and Floyd Heard were 2000 U.S. Olympians in the 200 meters and should be major contenders.
Women's 400 meters (Finals: Sunday June 23; 2:44 p.m.)
Olympian Michelle Collins leads the world in 2002 in the 400 meters with a time of 50.43. Jearl Miles Clark ran the second fastest time in the world at 50.45 while running to victory in the Oracle U.S. Open at Stanford on June 8. Miles Clark, a three-time U.S. champion is the third fastest American ever at 400 meters with a time of 49.40. Latasha Colander Richardson won an Olympic gold medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay in Sydney and has a best of 49.87.
Men's 400 Meters (Finals: Sunday June 23; 2:52 p.m.)
Leonard Byrd has the fastest time in the world in the 400 meters this season at 44.45 and will make a bid for his first national title. Antonio Pettigrew and Alvin Harrison, both Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 400 meter relay, are close behind Byrd at 44.72 and 44.75 respectively. Harrison, a Salinas, CA native won the silver medal in the 400 meters at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and has the eighth fastest performance all-time at 44.09. University of Florida sophomore Rickey Harris was the 2002 NCAA champion in the 400 meter hurdles and NCAA runner-up in the 400 meters at 44.84. Olympic 400 meter hurdle champion Angelo Taylor will also focus on the 400 meters. Taylor has a best of 44.68 and was a member of the U.S. gold medal winning 4 x 400 meter relay team in Sydney.
Women's 100 Meter Hurdles (Finals: Sunday June 23; 3:13 p.m.)
Four of the fastest six hurdlers in American history, including the top-three, are entered in the 100 meter hurdles. Gail Devers, the queen of American hurdling will look to win her eighth U.S. title in the 100 meter hurdles. Devers is the American record holder at 12.33 and a three-time World champion in the 100 meter hurdles. Devers was also the Olympic champion in the 100 meters in 1992 and 1996. Anjanette Kirkland had a stellar year in 2001 winning the World Indoor title in the 60 meter hurdles and capturing the gold medal at the World Outdoor Championships in the 100 meter hurdles. Kirkland has a best of 12.42, the second fastest American ever. Melissa Morrison was the bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games and has run 12.53 over the 100 meter barriers. Jenny Adams was ranked #3 in the world last year and has a best of 12.63.
Men's 110 Meter Hurdles (Finals: Sunday June 23; 3:20 p.m.)
Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Champion Allen Johnson has been the top ranked hurdler in the world for the past two years. Johnson is the American Record holder with a time of 12.92, just shy of Colin Jackson's World Record of 12.91. Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammel has the second fastest time in the world this year at 13.17 behind Johnson's 13.04. Larry Wade and Reggie Torian, the ninth and tenth fastest performers all-time in the 110 meter hurdles at 13.01 and 13.03 will be tough to beat to the wire. 2002 NCAA Champion Ron Bramlett of Alabama won the high hurdles at the Stanford Invitational in March.
Women's 400 Meter Hurdles (Finals: Sunday June 23; 2:05 p.m.)
Three-time U.S. champion Sandra Glover is seeking her fourth consecutive U.S. national title in the 400 meter hurdles. Glover has a career best of 53.33, the fourth fastest American time ever. A group of young athletes will be chasing the veteran Glover including 2001 NCAA champion Brenda Taylor of Harvard.
Men's 400 Meter Hurdles (Finals: Sunday June 23; 2:15 p.m.)
Olympian Eric Thomas has the fourth fastest time in the world at 48.36. Former NCAA champion Joey Woody is currently ranked eighth in the world with a time of 48.57. 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Calvin Davis has a career best of 47.91. James Carter finished fourth at the Sydney Olympics with a personal best time of 48.04.