O'Hara Places Fourth in Women's Pole Vault at 2001 USA Outdoor T & F Championships

June 25, 2001

UCLA senior-to-be Tracy O'Hara on Saturday (June 23) placed fourth in the women's pole vault at the 2001 USA Outdoor T & F Championships, earning a spot on the U. S. team that will be competing at the World Outdoor Championships later this summer.

The four-day (June 21-24) 2001 USA Outdoor Championships concluded Sunday and were held at Hayward Field in Eugene, OR and hosted by the University of Oregon.

O'Hara's fourth-place vault was 14-1 1/4. She made the U. S. team because Saturday's winner and world-record holder Stacy Dragila, who won the event with a meet and stadium record of 15-1 3/4, gets an automatic berth (as the defending champion) to the World Outdoor T & F Championships, Aug. 3-12 at Edmonton, Canada. The top three finishers (who have meet the IAAF standards) in each event at the 2001 USA Outdoor will represent the U. S. at the upcoming World Championship event.

Senior Christina Tolson, who won the women's 2001 NCAA Outdoor and Indoor shot put, finished fourth in the shot, with a mark 55-7 and placed sixth in the hammer throw (208-11).

In men's competition, the highest-placing current Bruin was senior-to-be Scott Moser, who placed 13th in the discus (188-8).

Other Bruins who competed included:

100m - senior Shakedia Jones placed fifth in the 100m final (11.14w (+3.5), 11.13w (+2.6) semis, 11.13Q, tied season-legal best).
400m Hurdles - senior-to-be Ysanne Williams did not qualify for the final. Her semi-final mark of 57.48 was the ninth-fastest and only eight advanced to the final. Her preliminary qualifying time of 57.34 was a personal-best.
Pole Vault - senior Erica Hoernig no-heighted.
Discus - junior-to-be Chaniqua Ross placed seventh (176-8).
Hammer Throw - sophomore-to-be Cari Soong was 13th (192-9).

400m Hurdles - senior John Hall's semi-final time of 51.63 (50.42Q, personal-best) did not qualify for the final.

Bruin Alumni
Individual event winners Seilala Sua (shot put/discus), Gail Devers (100m hurdles), Amy Acuff (high jump) and John Godina (shot put) led a distinguished group of Bruin alumni at the 2001 USA T & F Championships.

Sua won both the discus (207-10) and shot put (58-11 1/2, personal-best). In the discus, Sua won the event on her last throw, beating former Bruin teammate Suzy Powell (second-place, 207-8). It's Sua's fourth consecutive discus championship and her first U. S. Outdoor shot put title (beating 11-time champion Connie Price-Smith, who placed second, 58-8 1/2, Price had won the last nine Outdoor shot put crowns).

Devers' winning time in the 100m hurdles was 12.91. She had the fastest semi-final mark (12.89) and the fourth-fastest preliminary (12.83). Devers is a three-time World Champion in this event, it was her seventh U. S. Outdoor 100m hurdles championship and she is the American record-holder (12.33).

Acuff won the women's high jump with a leap of 6-2. It's her third U. S. Outdoor title and she remained unbeaten in 2001 Outdoor competition. (Acuff also won the 2001 U. S. Indoor high jump crown last winter).

Godina won the shot put (70-10 1/2) and placed second in the discus (214-6). A two-time World Champion in the shot put and two-time Olympic medalist in the event, it was Godina's fifth U. S. Outdoor shot put title (last winter, he also won the 2001 World Indoor shot put).

Other UCLA alumni who competed were:

400m - Brian Fell's preliminary time of 47.05 in the 400m did not qualify for the semis.
800m - Jess Strutzel placed third in the final (1:47.53, 1:49.69Q).
10,000m - Mebrahtom Keflezighi, who recently set the American record (27:13.98) and was the defending champion in this event, was second (28:39.64). He had missed about two weeks of training because of a sore left Achilles' tendon.
110m Hurdles - Derek Knight's semi-final time of 14.04 (13.58Q) did not advance to the final.
Pole Vault - Scott Slover tied for eighth-place (17-8 1/2).
Long Jump - Mike Powell, the world-record holder (29-4 1/2) who is making a comeback (he retired in 1996), placed fourth (26-7).
Javelin - Josh Johnson, son of Olympic and Bruin great Rafer Johnson, was 13th (213-4).
Decathlon - Avery Anderson, who competed in football and track as a Bruin, finished fifth (7,717 points).

100m Hurdles - Bisa Grant did not finish her preliminary race.
Heptathlon - Shelia Burrell finished second, with 6,051 points.

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