Olympic Medalist Marion Jones Headlines U.S. Open at Stanford

April 25, 2001

Five-Time Olympic Medalist Marion Jones headlines U.S. Open at Stanford on June 9

Indianapolis, In - Marion Jones is all about numbers. And, when those numbers are added up, it's easy to see why she's considered the greatest female track & field athlete in the world today.

Five. That's the number of medals Jones won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Four. That's the number of consecutive years that Jones has been ranked #1 in the world in the 200 meters.

Three. That's the number of gold medals Jones won in Sydney.

Two. That's the number of Olympic bronze medals Jones captured in 2000.

One. That's the position earned by Jones in the 2000 women's track and field Athlete of the Year voting by Track & Field News.

Jones will be the featured performer in the women's 200 meters at the U.S. Open Invitational on June 9 at Stanford University's Cobb Track & Angell Field. The IAAF Grand Prix I meet, the third stop on the USATF Golden Spike Tour, will be nationally televised by CBS and broadcast June 10 at 2:00 p.m. (pdt).

The appearance by Jones at Stanford will be one of six major meets for the Olympian in the United States during the 2001 outdoor season.

'Marion Jones is a great ambassador for our sport, and we are thrilled that she has chosen to support track & field in the United States by appearing in some of the best meets in the country,' said USATF CEO Craig Masback. 'To have Marion competing on her home soil with such frequency is an enormous accomplishment for the sport of track and field. Any time she steps on a track, it helps increase America's interest in track and field.

'The sport hit a high point last year with the successes of the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games, and Marion's continued and active involvement will help build momentum for the World Championships this August in Edmonton, Canada.'

At Stanford, Jones will join an outstanding field of Olympians, record holders and athletes from at least 15 countries who will be vying for Grand Prix points. More than $90,000 in prize money is available, the most of any meet in the United States this season.

The U.S. Track & Field Open at Stanford is an I.A.A.F Grand Prix I event (one of only two in the United States, the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., is the other). Additionally, there will be a selection of Olympic Development events to provide athletes with an opportunity to qualify for the USA National Championships or I.A.A.F World Championships.

While Jones came up short in her quest for five gold medals at the Sydney Olympics, she did come home with gold in the 100 meters (10.75), 200 meters (21.84), and 1,600 meter relay (3:22.62). She also earned bronze medals in the long jump (22-8 1/2) and 400 meter relay (42.20). Jones opened her 2001 outdoor season last weekend at the Mt. Sac Relays by clocking 35.68 for 300 meters, the fourth-fastest of all-time.

Joining Jones at the U.S. Open Invitational will be a number of record holders and Olympians, including Terrence Trammell and Shawn Crawford. Trammell won the silver medal in the men's 110 meter high hurdles in Sydney while Crawford captured the men's 200 meters at the 2001 World Indoor Championships.

Trammell was in the Stanford meet last year with soon-to-be Olympians Stacy Dragila, Mel Mueller, Mark Crear and Stanford's Michael Stember.

The June 9 meet at Stanford is expecting even better fields as athletes prepare to qualify for this summer's World Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Tickets for the U.S. Open are $25 and $10 and are available through gostanford.com or by calling (650) 723-2736.

U.S. Track & Field Open Events - Preliminary Schedule

The schedule will be revised based upon entries.

2:00 p.m. - Women's Hammer

5:30 p.m. - Women's Pole Vault
5:50 p.m. - Men's Shot Put

5:55 p.m. - Women's High Jump

6:05 p.m. - Men's 110 Meter Hurdles

6:10 p.m. - Men's Long Jump

6:15 p.m. - Men's 800 Meters

6:20 p.m. - Men's Discus

6:25 p.m. - Women's 400 Meter Hurdles

6:35 p.m. - Men's 200 Meters

6:45 p.m. - Women's 200 Meters

6:55 p.m. - Men's 3,000 Meters

7:10 p.m. - Women's Mile

7:15 p.m. - Men's Pole Vault

7:20 p.m. - Men's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase

7:35 p.m. - Men's Mile

Olympic Development Events

8:00 p.m. - Men's 1,500 Meters

8:10 p.m. - Women's 1,500 meters

8:20 p.m. - Women's 800 Meters

8:30 p.m. - Men's 800 Meters

8:40 p.m.- Women's 5,000 Meters or Women's 3,000 Meters

9:00 p.m. - Men's 5,000 Meters

For more information, contact Keith Peters at 650-326-8210 x248

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