Former Bruin Jesse Strutzel Advances to 800m Final at the 2003 Pan Am Games.

Aug. 6, 2003

At the 2003 Pan American Games, held August 5-9 at Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Stadium in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, former Bruin great Jesse Strutzel advanced to the men's 800m finals. Strutzel won the first heat in 1:49.58 on Tuesday night.

'I felt pretty good out there tonight and I had plenty of time to warm up,' said Strutzel. 'I am now going to get prepared for the finals. I know I have a very good shot at winning a gold at these Games.'

'I need to race a tactical race [tomorrow] to win. I just want to come into this event and be sharp while I am on the track and everything else should fall into place.'

Strutzel will compete in the 800m finals tonight. For complete results, please go to www.usatf.org.

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