UCLA Women's Track And Field Update
Aug. 25, 2003
The 2003 IAAF World Championships continue Monday (Aug. 25) through Sunday (Aug. 31) in Paris. The meet began on Saturday (Aug. 23). For daily and complete results, please refer to www.usatf.org.
On Monday, Bruin great Suzy Powell will compete in the women's discus final. A five-time U. S. runnerup, Powell is making her first appearance in a World Championship final, having competed in qualifying in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Powell was ranked No. 10 in the world in 2002 and has a personal-best of 227-10. In qualifying on Saturday (202-10), Powell was the only U. S. athlete to make it into today's final. Powell is the school record-holder in the discus (214-0, 1997) and was the 1997 Pac-10 champion.
Also on Monday, Bruin great Joanna Hayes, who placed second in this event at the 2003 U. S. Championships, will compete in the women's 400m hurdle semifinals (in quarterfinal qualifying, Hayes was third in heat one/56.10). Hayes, who competed in the qualifying rounds at the 1999 World Outdoors, during her Bruin career won the 1999 NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles and she was a multiple Pac-10 hurdles champion.
UCLA legend Gail Devers will also run on Monday, in the first round (quarterfinals) of the women's 100m hurdles. Devers is the three-time World Champion (1999-95-93) in this event, she placed second in 2001, and has the second-fastest time in the world this season (12.49). At the 2003 U. S. meet, Devers won the 100m hurdles and was third in the 100m.
On Sunday, Devers also competed in the women's 100m final and placed eighth, in a season-best time of 11.11 (her semifinal qualifying mark was 11.12, placing fourth in heat two/in quarterfinals on Saturday, Devers was second, 11.16, in her heat). The U. S. went one-two in the women's 100m final, with Kelli White placing first (10.85, personal-best) and Torri Edwards second (10.93, personal-best). Devers won the 100m World Championship in 1993 and also won two Olympic gold medals in the event in 1996 and '92.
'Every (100m) round got better and better for me,' said Devers, who was not favored to win the 100m but is the choice to triumph in the 100m hurdles. 'This was a tough race. I'm very happy for the Americans. To get first and second with two young athletes, who've never won major championships before, and for them to come out and do it in that fashion with personal bests, shows how strong our American team is. With Marion (Jones) coming back next year the rest of the world needs to watch out. For me to compete on that level in the 100m next year I have some work to do.'
Another Bruin great who will compete in the World Championships is Amy Acuff in the women's high jump. She won this event at the 2003 U. S. meet and is a four-time U. S. champion. During her Bruin career, Acuff won five NCAA high jump titles.
UCLA great Shelia Burrell, who won the heptathlon at the 2003 U. S. Championships, is not on the U. S. World team. A knee injury has prevented her from competing.