Bruins Soar at 2003 USA Championships
June 23, 2003
After the four-day (June 19-22) 2003 USA Track & Field Championships held at Stanford, the current Bruin women were led by freshman Dawn Harper, who won the USA Junior 100m hurdle title, while Bruin greats Gail Devers (100m hurdles), Amy Acuff (high jump) and Shelia Burrell (heptathlon) all won their events at the USA meet.
The top three finishers in each final event at the 2003 USA Outdoor Championships qualify for Team USA at the 2003 IAAF World Outdoor T & F Championships, Aug. 23-31 in Paris (provided they have met IAAF standards). The Junior meet (age 19 or under during the 2003 calendar year) served as the Team USA selection competition for the 2003 Pan Am Junior Championships, July 18-20 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The top two finishers in each event at the U. S. Junior Championships will be eligible for the selection pool for the Pan Am meet in Barbados.
Bruin greats who have qualified for Paris are - Devers in the 100m/100m hurdles; Joanna Hayes in the 400m hurdles; Acuff in the high jump; Suzy Powell in the discus; Seilala Sua in the shot put/discus and Burrell in the heptathlon.
Harper (100m hurdles) qualifies for the upcoming Junior Pan Am Championships in Barbados. The Top Eight placements at the U. S. Junior meet earn Junior All-American status and the current Bruin women had two athletes get that honor - redshirt freshman Jenna Timinsky in the 800m and redshirt freshman Kamaiya Warren in the shot put.
Current Bruin Women at the USA Meet
-400m - sophomore Monique Henderson - in qualifying, Henderson was fourth in her heat (53.69, 12th overall) and in a semifinal heat, she placed eighth (54.43) and did not advance to the final. This spring, Henderson won the 400m at the Regionals, placed seventh (All-American) at the NCAA Outdoor and had a season-best time of 51.96.
-Pole Vault- freshman Chelsea Johnson - placed ninth in the final, with a personal-best 13-11.25 (No. 2 in school history and a freshman school record). Johnson was second at the Pac-10, sixth at the Regional and qualified to the NCAA Outdoor as an at-large selection.
-Discus - senior Chaniqua Ross - fouled on all three of her attempts in the final. The 2002 NCAA Outdoor champion, in 2003 Ross was second at the Pac-10 and Regional meets and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor.
-Hammer Throw - junior Cari Soong - placed 10th in the final (200-1). This spring, Soong won the event at the Pac-10 (215-11, meet record) and Regional (216-3, No. 2 in Pac-10 history and school record) and placed fifth (All-American) at the NCAA Outdoor.
Current Bruin Women at the USA Junior Meet (Top 8 are Jr. All-Americans)
-800m - redshirt freshman Jenna Timinsky - placed third (2:09.64) in the final (in qualifying, Timinsky's 2:09.32 was the top time).
-100m Hurdles- freshman Dawn Harper - Harper won the event (13.28w, +2.3) and in qualifying, ran a 13.72 (fastest time).
-Shot Put - redshirt freshman Kamaiya Warren placed third in the final (51-5.50, personal-best).
Bruin Greats at the USA Meet
-100m - Gail Devers - who won two Olympic gold medals in this event, placed third in the final (11.16). In qualifying, Devers ran 11.15 (second overall time) and 11.32.
-100m Hurdles - in the finals, Devers placed first (12.61/ 13.00 and 12.65 in qualifying, both heat winners) and Michelle Perry was eighth (13.26/ 13.19 and 12.82 in qualifying). Joanna Hayes (13.23 qualifying, 12.83 semis) and Bisa Grant (13.24 qualifying, 12.98 semis) did not advance to the final. In this event, Devers is a three-time World Champion and has won the 100m hurdles on nine occasions at the USA Championships.
-400m Hurdles - Joanna Hayes - placed second (54.76) in the final, after running a 55.83 (top time) and 55.76 in qualifying. Hayes won this event at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor.
-High Jump - Amy Acuff won the event with a leap of 6-4.75. It's her fourth USA Outdoor championship. At UCLA, Acuff won five NCAA high jump titles.
-Pole Vault - Tracy O'Hara, in the final, placed seventh (14-3.25). In her Bruin career, O'Hara won three NCAA vault titles.
-Shot Put - Seilala Sua placed second (58-0.50) in the final. At UCLA, Sua won seven NCAA individual championships, including an NCAA record six Outdoors.
-Discus - in the final Suzy Powell placed second (205-4) and Seilala Sua third (196-10). Sua has won this event at the U. S. meet on four occasions.
-Heptathlon - Shelia Burrell wins the event (6,159) for the third time at the U.S.meet.