Final Day Results-Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee T & F Invitational
April 5, 2003
In the final day of all invitational results at the first annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Track & Field Invitational held Saturday (April 5) at Drake Stadium, UCLA great Michelle Perry was named the Women's Athlete of the Meet and former USC standout Jerome Davis was named the Men's Athlete of the Meet.
Perry, who competed at UCLA from 1998-2001 and is one of the nation's top young heptathletes competing unattached, won the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.15 and placed fourth in the long jump (19-6.25).
Davis, who won the 1998 NCAA Outdoor 400m during his career at USC and now runs for Nike, won both the 200m (20.91) and 400m (46.68).
Other world-class professional athletes who competed on Saturday and won their events included - in women's competition - Erica Whittier (Canada) in the 200m (23.44); Allison Mann in the 3000m steeplechase (10:40.46); former USC standout Natasha Danvers in the 400m hurdles (56.78); Sheffield Elite winning the 4 X 100m (44.93); former USC star Tatyana Obuchova (Ukraine) in the long (20-10) and triple jumps (42-6); Mel Mueller (Nike) in the pole vault (14-0); Kristin Heaston (Unattached) in the shot put (57-6.25) and Bruin great Seilala Sua (Nike) in the discus (189-11).
The Bruin women were led by four event winners. Sophomore Monique Henderson won the 400m (53.07, season-opener, NCAA Regional Qualifier); senior Tiffany Burgess in the 800m (2:04.54, season-opener, NCAA Regional Qualifier); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:47.13, season-best) and junior Cari Soong in the hammer throw (202-8, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier).
Other top performances turned in by the UCLA women's team included - junior Sheena Johnson, fourth (top collegian) in the 100m hurdles (13.37, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier); UCLA's second-place 4 X 100m relay (45.18, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier); freshman Sheena Gordon in the high jump (3rd, 5-8.75, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier); sophomore Candice Baucham in the triple jump (2nd, 42-2.25) and sophomore Jessica Cosby (4th, 54-7.50, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier) and sophomore Briona Reynolds (5th, 52-4.50, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier) in the shot put .