Team USA Named For World Championships; Six Bruin Greats Could Make The Squad

July 9, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS - Six former Bruins, led by Gail Devers in the 100m and 100m hurdles, have a chance to make the Team USA women's roster for the upcoming 2003 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, August 23-31 in Paris.

Devers, a silver medalist in the 100m hurdles at the 2001 World Championships, is a three-time World Champion in the event. At the 2003 USA Championships, Devers placed first in the 100m hurdles (12.61) and third (11.16) in the 100m and qualified for Team USA in both events. Devers is a two-time (1992/1996) Olympic gold medal winner in the 100m.

Joining Devers as automatic qualifiers on the Team USA women's roster will be four other Bruin greats:

  • 400m hurdles, Joanna Hayes - who placed second (54.76) at the 2003 USA Championships in the event.
  • high jump, Amy Acuff - is a four-time USA champ, after winning (6-4.75) the event again in 2003.
  • discus, Suzy Powell - placed second (205-4) at the 2003 USA meet.
  • heptathlon, Shelia Burrell - won (6,159) the event at the USA Championships, for the third time in her career. She won the bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships in the heptathlon.

    Another Bruin great who could make the Team USA roster is Seilala Sua. At the 2003 USA meet, Sua placed second (58-0.50) in the shot put and third (196-10) in the discus. But to make the USA squad, she needs to make the 'A' standard in both events (shot put, 60-10.50; discus, 208-0).

    The United States names to its World Championships team the top three finishers in each event at the 2003 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships presented by Verizon (June 19-22 at Stanford) who have achieved the IAAF 'A' qualifying standard by August 13, 2003. In most cases, this is the top three finishers overall.

    If the U.S. champion in an event has achieved only the 'B' standard and two or more competitors at the USA Championships have the 'A' standard, those athletes with the 'A' standard will be selected to the team. If the champion has the 'B' standard but only one athlete in the field at USA Outdoors has achieved the 'A' standard, then the champion will be selected to the team.

    Any changes to the Team USA roster due to change in qualifying status, athlete withdrawal or other reasons will be reported as they occur.

    For a full list of qualifying standards, visit
    http://www.usatf.org/events/2003/IAAFWorldTFChampionships/entry/qualifyingStandards.shtml

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