Leach, Perry and Johnson Advance at IAAF World Championships

Aug. 27, 2007

Current Bruin Nicole Leach and former Bruins Sheena Johnson and Michelle Perry all advanced in their respective events on the third day of competition at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Perry, the No. 1-ranked 100m hurdler in the world, posted the second-fastest time of the day (12.72) to win heat one and automatically advance to the semifinal round. Perry will run in the semifinal round early Tuesday morning.

Leach and Johnson, both competing in the intermediate hurdles posted the 16th (55.95) and 21st (56.30) best times of the day. Both automatically advanced by finishing in the top-four in their heats (top-four automatically advance). They will race in the semifinal round early on Tuesday morning also.

Perry on her race
'The race went good. I was in correct position that I needed to be. I didn't press at all and I am excited about that. I have two more rounds left and I am ready to rock and roll.'

Leach on her race
'It was a very hard race in lane 9, especially in your first world competition. I'm just glad I qualified to the next round. Now, I know what I need to work on. I didn't hit all my steps. I did a lot of reaching. I need to get comfortable, back in the pattern. I hadn't run in a while.'

Johnson on her race
'My main goal was just to qualify for the next round. The wind on the backstretch was really strong, and it threw off my steps a little bit. About 150 meters into the race, I could tell we were going slower. Usually I like to run as slow as possible to get to the next round.'

Also on day three in Osaka, former Bruin Suzy Powell Roos failed to qualify for the final in the discus as she finished eighth in Group B and 15th overall with a mark of 195-5.

Powell on her competition
'Very disappointing day. I didn't qualify. I can't put my finger on it.'

Along with Leach, Perry and Johnson, former Bruin and current volunteer throws coach for the women's team, Jessica Cosby, will compete in the hammer on day four of the meet.

**quotes via USATF

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