Monique Henderson Wins Gold on 4x400m Relay Team
Aug. 30, 2004
Senior-to-be Monique Henderson won a gold medal on Saturday as a member of the women's 4x400m relay team at the Athens Olympics. Henderson ran the second leg of the relay in a time of 50.28 as the US team ran a season-best 3:19.01.
'After the Olympic trials I made the team as an alternate so I came here thinking maybe I'd get a chance to run,' said Henderson. 'Little did I know I'd be here on the final relay team getting a gold medal. It's something I didn't expect and it's a wonderful, amazing feeling right now.'
Former Bruin Amy Acuff just missed a medal in the high jump with a final clearance of 6-6.25 to finish fourth overall. Acuff decided to pass at 6-7.50 and failed to clear the next height of 6-8.25.
'I had the loneliest number tonight,' said Acuff. 'I think that was the best high jump competition in history, so you can't feel too bad about that. I felt like I was hanging in there and I had that medal for about 15 minutes. I wish I could have held my technique at 2.04. I really kind of broke down and my attempts were not that great.
'All three girls went over 2.02 on their first attempt. Unless I had cleared 2.02 on my first attempt, that would have just tied me up with them, or actually I would have still been behind, so it really wouldn't have done me any good so I passed to 2.04.
Earlier in the track and field action, former Bruin Joanna Hayes won the 100m hurdles with a new Olympic Record. Hayes and Henderson were the only Bruin women to win a medal at the Athens Olympics.
'The marks were definitely the highest marks ever in women's high jump. The whole experience has been wonderful.'
For complete results go to www.olympics.com
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