Phillips Earn Olympic Berth by Winning Long Jump Competition
July 11, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - The third day of competition at the 2004 US Track and Field Olympic Trials came to a close Sunday afternoon in Sacramento, Calif., with former Sun Devil and 2000 Olympian Dwight Phillips winning the men's long jump competition to earn a berth in the 2004 Games. Four other men competed on the day in three events held at the Alex G. Spanos Athletic Complex on the campus of Sacramento State.
Phillips becomes just the eighth member of the Arizona State track and field program to qualify for multiple Olympiads as his first round jump of 8.28m (27-2.0) turned out to be all he needed to win the gold. Phillips added an 8.04m jump in the second round before fouling in the third and passing all three of his final attempts. The 2003 world indoor and outdoor champion in the long jump, Phillips will try to better his eighth-place finish at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Phillips and fellow sprinter Marcus Brunson each competed in the 100m dash semifinals, but both took eighth in their respective heats and did not advance to the finals. Phillips finished 15th at 10.28 with Brunson taking 16th at 10.45.
While one former Olympian bunched his return ticket to the national team, another saw his bid for Athens end as Nick Hysong finished fifth in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.75m (18-10.25). The 2000 gold medallist, Hysong missed all three attempts at 5.85m which would have placed him third in the event and earned him a berth in the Summer Games.
Also in the sprints, Jason Barton, a senior-to-be on the Sun Devil team and four-time All-American in 2004, clocked the fifth-fastest time in the 400m dash at 45.39. Barton finished third in the first heat of the day and qualified 12th for the semifinals as the Top 2 finishers in each heat (ranked one through 10 for the semifinals) and the next six best times advanced. Barton is looking to become the seventh Sun Devil to make the Olympics in the 400m dash.
A trio of athletes are set to compete Monday with two taking to the track and one in the field. Barton will attempt to reach the finals of the 400m dash as he competes in the semifinals where he will need to finish in the Top 4 of his heat to advance. Cassandra Reed also will compete in the 400m dash as the women's event opens their qualifying round. Former Sun Devil Tiffany Greer will try to follow Phillips to Athens as the qualifying round of the women's long jump will be held.