Stanford To Host USA Track and Field Championships June 19-22
June 19, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University will host the 2003 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 19-22 at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The top three finishers in each event qualify to represent the United States at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Paris in August. The meet will be broadcast live on NBC from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 21 and live on ESPN2 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 22. Please call
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Women's 100 meters FINAL: 7:40pm, FRIDAY
World record: 10.49, Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA), 1988
American record: 10.49, Florence Griffith-Joyner, 1988
Meet record: 10.72, Marion Jones, 1998
THE SCOOP: East Bay native Kelli White has the fastest times in the world this year, including a wind-aided 10.79 at the Home Depot Invitational June 1 and a wind-legal 10.96 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic May 24. Stanford graduate and school record holder Chryste Gaines is the 2001 U.S. champion in this event. Inger Miller, the 1999 World Outdoor silver medalist at 100 meters, posted a win at Stanford on June 7 at the Oracle U.S. Open and is always a threat, as are her H.S.I. training partners, four-time NCAA champion Angela Williams and Torri Edwards, who was victorious at the adidas Oregon Track Classic in May.
Men's 100 meters FINAL: 7:30pm, FRIDAY
World record: 9.78, Tim Montgomery (USA), 2002
American record: 9.78, Tim Montgomery, 2002
Meet record: 9.90, Maurice Greene, 2001, 1997; Leroy Burrell, 1991
THE SCOOP: The Verizon men's 100 meters promises to be one of the highlights of the Championships. World record holder Tim Montgomery is the favorite and is in search of his second U.S. crown. The 2001 U.S. champion ran 9.78 seconds last September and will look to improve upon 2001 World Outdoor Championship silver medal. Defending U.S. champion and former World record holder Maurice Greene has vowed to, 'put on a good show for the fans' in this event. The hot, new, American sprint sensation is 21-year old Justin Gatlin, the 2003 World Indoor champion. He has been nursing a hamstring injury since shortly after USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays on April 24, when he displayed sprint speed that would make him a favorite at this meet. Also, look for Olympians Coby Miller, Jon Drummond and J.J. Johnson to contend.
Women's 200 meters FINAL: 2:08pm, SUNDAY
World record: 21.34, Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA), 1988
American record: 21.34, Florence Griffith-Joyner, 1988
Meet record: 21.88, Evelyn Ashford, 1983
THE SCOOP: High school record holder Allyson Felix ran the fastest time in the world this year at 22.11 in Mexico City in May. During the 2003 high school season, Felix broke the prep record of five-time Olympic medalist and Multi-World champion Marion Jones. Kelli White is the 2001 World Championship bronze medalist in the 200 meters and has best of 22.33 this season. LaTasha Jenkins is the 2001 World Indoor bronze medalist and has the third fastest time in the world this year at 22.31. Reigning World Indoor champion and American indoor record holder Michelle Collins will be a significant factor if she competes after straining a hamstring early this season.
Men's 200 meters FINAL: 1:56pm, SUNDAY
World record: 19.32, Michael Johnson (USA), 1996
American record: 19.32, Michael Johnson, 1996
Meet record: 19.66, Michael Johnson, 1996
THE SCOOP: J.J. Johnson is fresh off a victory at the Oracle U.S. Open at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field on June 7. In that race, Johnson defeated 1999 World champion Maurice Greene and 2001 World Indoor gold medalist Shawn Crawford. The three speedsters will meet again this weekend. Johnson owns the fastest time in the world in 2003 at 20.05. Darvis Patton was the #1 ranked 200 meter runner in the United States in 2002 while Ramon Clay will look to defend his furlong title from a year ago. Other contenders include 2000 Olympic Trials champion John Capel, who has returned to track and field after a stint as an NFL receiver and two-time NCAA champion Justin Gatlin.
Women's 400 meters FINAL: 1:32pm, SATURDAY
World record: 47.60, Marita Koch (GDR), 1985
American record: 48.83, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, 1984
Meet record: 49.40, Jearl Miles-Clark, 1997
THE SCOOP: Jearl Miles-Clark has won this event four times and is the 1993 world champion. At age 36, she is still a favorite, though she won't decide whether she will run the 400 or 800 until just before the Championships begin. After winning the 2002 USA Junior title in record fashion, University of Texas freshman Sanya Richards will attempt to win a Team USA spot for the World Championships. Last week at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Richards broke her own American Junior record in the 400 meters with a winning time of 50.63, the fastest time by an American in 2003. Monique Hennagan, who with Miles-Clark ran on the gold medal-winning 4x400m relay at the 2000 Olympic Games, is a likely contender, as are South Carolina alumnae Demetria Washington and Lisa Barber. Washington is the 2001 World University Games champion, while Barber was NCAA runner-up
in this event last year.
Men's 400 meters FINAL: 1:20pm, SATURDAY
World record: 43.18, Michael Johnson (USA), 1999
American record: 43.18, Michael Johnson, 1999
Meet record: 43.44, Michael Johnson, 1996
THE SCOOP: Led by 2003 World Indoor champion Tyree Washington, Americans are regaining strength in the men's 400. Washington, the 1997 World Outdoor bronze medalist, has the fourth fastest time in the world this at 44.70. University of Minnesota teammates Andrew Steele and Mitch Potter burst onto the international scene after their 1-3 finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships with times of 44.56 and 44.57 respectively. Otis Harris of South Carolina finished second at the NCAA Championships with a time of 44.56. Steele, Harris and Potter have the three fastest times in the world this year. Salinas native Alvin Harrison is the defending champion and his identical twin brother Calvin was victorious at the Home Depot Invitational on June 1. Two-time U.S. champion Jerome Young (1998-99) has run 45.23 and former NCAA runner-up Derrick Brew has run 44.83.
Women's 800 meters FINAL: 1:32pm, SUNDAY
World record: 1:53.28, Jarmila Kratochvilova (TCH), 1983 5.82
American record: 1:56.40, Jearl Miles-Clark, 1999
Meet record: 1:57.04, Meredith Rainey, 1996
THE SCOOP: A battle of half-mile heavyweights, plus new talent, could make for a fascinating final. Jearl Miles-Clark won this event in 1998 and '99, is the American record holder, and her time of 1:58.61 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic is the fastest by an American this year and #2 on the world list. She will be the favorite if she opts for the 800 meters over the 400 meters. Stanford graduate Regina Jacobs is the 2001 U.S. Champion in this event and owns a total of 24 national crowns. She will double in the 800 and 1500 meters this weekend. Nicole Teter, who trains at Stanford with the Nike Farm Team, was one of the most dominant 800 meter runners in the world in 2002, winning the indoor and outdoor U.S. titles, breaking the American record indoors, and finishing the season ranked third in the world. With a personal best of 1:57.97, she will be a strong candidate for the U.S. crown. The newest threat is 2002 runner-up Jen Toomey, who broke 2:00 for the first time in her career at the 2003 Nike Prefontaine Classic (1:59.75).
Men's 800 meters FINAL: 1:20pm, SUNDAY
World record: 1:41.11, Wilson Kipketer (DEN), 1997
American record: 1:42.60, Johnny Gray, 1985
Meet record: 1:43.9, Rick Wohlhuter, 1974
THE SCOOP: David Krummenacker is the heavy favorite, having won the 2003 World Indoor Championships over World record holder Wilson Kipketer. Krummenacker enjoyed one of the finest seasons ever by an American middle distance runner in 2002, finishing with a career best of 1:43.92 in the 800 meters. 1999 U.S. champion Khadevis Robinson ran a lifetime best of 1:44.41 last season and will challenge Krummenacker throughout the race. 2002 U.S. Indoor champion Derrick Peterson and 2000 Olympian Bryan Woodward of the Nike Farm Team will also contend for top-three finishes. Collegiate leader Marc Sylvester of the University of Tennessee may also factor into the top three.
Women's 1,500 meters FINAL: 2:38pm, SATURDAY
World record: 3:50.46, Qu Yunxia (CHN), 1993
American record: 3:57.12, Mary Slaney, 1993
Meet record: 4:01.01, Regina Jacobs, 2000
THE SCOOP: The script has played out many times: 1500 meter specialists Regina Jacobs and Suzy Favor Hamilton battling stride-for-stride on the final lap. Although Favor Hamilton has been ranked #1 in the U.S. the last three years, the Stanford-educated Jacobs has recently had the edge in head-to-head races, including the 2000 Olympic Trials, and 2001-02 U.S. Outdoor Championships. In February, Jacobs set a World Indoor record in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:59.98, becoming the first female ever to run under four minutes. Favor Hamilton's competitiveness and pure speed - only Mary Slaney has run faster than Favor Hamilton's 3:57.40 - will put her in the hunt for her fourth U.S. title. Collette Liss is the 2001 U.S. indoor champion in the mile and should make a strong showing. Other contenders include Mary Jayne Harrelson and Sarah Schwald who has developed into one of the milers in the United States during the last few years.
Men's 1,500 meters FINAL: 2:20pm, SUNDAY
World record: 3:26.00, Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 1999
American record: 3:29.77, Sydney Maree, 1985
\Meet record: 3:34.92, Steve Scott, 1982
THE SCOOP: Stanford graduates Jason Lunn and Michael Stember will battle for top honors in the 1500 meters and will look to duplicate their 1-2 finish from the U.S. Indoor Championships in March. Lunn is the two-time defending U.S. Indoor champion and has been the top American miler this year with a personal best of 3:54.43 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic. Stember is the 2003 U.S. Indoor runner-up in the 1500 meters and was a semifinalist in the 1500 meters at the 2000 Olympic Games while only a junior at Stanford. Seneca Lassiter won U.S. titles in the 1500 meters in 1998 and 2002 and will again contend. Much heralded Alan Webb makes his debut at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field and returns to the USA Outdoor Championships for the first time since 2001, the year he broke Jim Ryun's high school record in the mile (3:53.43) and placed fifth at the USA Outdoor Championships. Stanford's Grant Robison, the 2003 NCAA Champion in the 1500 meters, will look to improve his fourth place finish in this meet from last year.
Women's 3,000-meter steeplechase FINAL: 1:00pm, SATURDAY
World record: 9:16.51, Alesya Turova (BLR), 2002
American record: 9:41.94, Elizabeth Jackson, 2002
Meet record: 9:47.35, Elizabeth Jackson, 2002
THE SCOOP: American record holder and three-time U.S. champion Elizabeth Jackson is the defending champion and favorite in 2003. Former Oregon All-American Lisa Nye was the 2001 champion and is the veteran of the field at age 34. Collegians typically fare well in this event, as they have the most opportunities to compete throughout the season. 2003 NCAA champion Kassi Anderson of BYU leads the U.S. list at 9:44.95. Lisa Aguilera of Arizona State is a close second at 9:46.30.
Men's 3,000-meter steeplechase FINAL: 2:04pm, SATURDAY
World record: 7:53.17, Brahim Boulami (MAR), 2002
American record: 8:09.17, Henry Marsh, 1985
Meet record: 8:15.77, Pascal Dobert, 2000
THE SCOOP: A group of young steeplechasers will vie for the U.S. title in 2003. Anthony Famiglietti, the 2001 World University Games champion, returns to defend his title from last year. Famiglietti's personal best of 8:19.07 is tops in the field. Steeplechase specialist Daniel Lincoln of Arkansas displayed a superb fitness level at the 2003 NCAA Championships with victories in the 3000 meter steeplechase and 10,000 meters. Lincoln's winning time of 8:26.65 is the fastest in the United States this year. Robert Gary's winning time of 8:27.77 at the Oracle U.S. Open at Stanford on June 7 is second fastest among Americans this year.
Women's 5,000 meters FINAL: 8:40pm, FRIDAY
World record: 14:28.09, Jiang Bo (CHN), 1993
American record: 14:45.35, Regina Jacobs, 2000
Meet record: 14:45.35, Regina Jacobs, 2000
THE SCOOP: Olympians Elva Dryer and Shayne Culpepper lead the U.S. lists in 2003 at 15:18.55 and 15:23.67 respectively. Two-time defending champion and indoor American record holder Marla Runyan owns the best time of the field at 15:05.48. Stanford senior Lauren Fleshman won her third consecutive NCAA title in the 5000 meters last week in Sacramento, becoming only the second woman ever to accomplish the feat. Fleshman is the Pac-10 and Stanford school record holder in the 5000 meters and has the third fastest time in collegiate history. Stanford freshman Alicia Craig is the 2003 NCAA champion in the 10,000 meters and owns the fifth fastest 5000 meter time ever by a collegian.
Men's 5,000 meters FINAL: 9:00pm, FRIDAY
World record: 12:39.36, Haile Gebrselassie (ETH), 1998
American record: 12:58.21, Bob Kennedy, 1998
Meet record: 13:16.42, Doug Padilla, 1985
THE SCOOP: Defending champion Alan Culpepper and 2002 runner-up Meb Keflezighi return in 2003. Keflezighi has the second fastest time in the United States this year at 13:25.90. Jorge Torres of the University of Colorado leads the 2003 U.S. list in the 5000 meters with a time of 13:24.56. American record holder Bob Kennedy is entered and remains the only U.S. runner ever under 13:00. 2000 Olympic Trials champion Adam Goucher is seeking a return to the form that made him an Olympic finalist in Sydney. Stanford will have a strong presence in this event with Juniors Louis Luchini, the 2003 NCAA runner-up and Seth Hejny, the 2003 NCAA fourth place finisher. Former Cardinal runners Brad Hauser, a 2000 U.S. Olympian in the 5000 meters and Jonathon Riley, the 2001 NCAA champion will also compete.
Women's 10,000 meters FINAL: 9:25pm, THURSDAY
World record: 29:31.78, Wang Junxia (CHN), 1993
American record: 30:52.32, Deena Drossin, 2002
Meet record: 31:43.33, Libbie Hickman, 1999
THE SCOOP: During the last two years, Deena Drossin has established herself as the most dominant distance runner in U.S. history. Drossin set an American Record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:52.32 in 2002 at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field. Earlier this year, Drossin set an American record in the marathon with a time of 2:21:16 in London. Drossin won the 10,000 meter U.S. titles 2000 and 2001. Jen Rhines arrives as the defending champion in this event and is consistently ranked among the top three in the United States in the 10,000 meters. Milena Glusac has had tons of success in road races and is a formidable opponent on the track.
Men's 10,000 meters FINAL: 8:50pm, THURSDAY
World record: 26:22.75, Haile Gebrselassie (ETH), 1998
American record: 27:13.98, Meb Keflezighi, 2001
Meet record: 27:39.4, Craig Virgin, 1979
THE SCOOP: Meb Keflezighi has adopted Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field as his home venue. In 2001, Keflezighi set an American record in the 10,000 meters at Stanford University and in 2002 he ran the fastest American 10,000 meter time at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Keflezighi is the defending champion in this event. Abdi Abdirahman is a 2000 U.S. Olympian in the 10,000 meters and captured the national title in 2001. Alan Culpepper defeated an international field in the 10,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational in May and arrives in peak form for the U.S. National Championships. Stanford All-Americans Ian Dobson and Adam Tenforde will also compete. Dobson and Tenforde finished fifth and seventh in the 10,000 meters at the 2003 NCAA Championships.
Women's 100m hurdles FINAL: 1:44pm, SUNDAY
World record: 12.21, Yordanka Donkova (BUL), 1988
American record: 12.33, Gail Devers, 2000
Meet record: 12.33, Gail Devers, 2000
THE SCOOP: Three-time world outdoor champion Gail Devers is virtually unbeatable when she's healthy. Hamstring problems have plagued the two-time
Olympic 100-meter sprint gold medalist this outdoor season, but Devers is known for her ability to come back from injury and pick up where she left off without missing a beat. Miesha McKelvy has been the dominant U.S. hurdler outdoors, winning three Outdoor Golden Spike Tour meets (adidas Oregon Track Classic, Home Depot Invitational, Oracle U.S. Open) and placing second at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, where she ran a personal best of 12.51 seconds. 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Melissa Morrison and 2001 World Outdoor Championships finalist Jenny Adams, who finished second to McKelvy at the Oracle U.S. Open, will vie for the title as well.
Men's 110m hurdles FINAL: 2:50pm SATURDAY
World record: 12.91, Colin Jackson (GBR), 1993
American record: 12.92, Allen Johnson, 1996; Roger Kingdom, 1989
Meet record: 12.92, Allen Johnson, 1996
THE SCOOP: The best high hurdlers in the world will compete here in what is historically one of the United States' best events. Five-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist Allen Johnson is the defending champion and a favorite for a World Championship medal. Larry Wade, the world's #3-ranked hurdler in 2002, hasn't let a broken arm suffered in April keep him out of competition. He won the Nike Prefontaine Classic and had an outstanding indoor season, where he won the Verizon Millrose Games. Two-time Olympic medalist Mark Crear is a veteran who could sneak in for a place on the World Championships team, as could young hurdlers like Ron Bramlett, a two-time NCAA champion. If he has healed the hamstring injury he suffered at the 2003 World Indoor Championships, 2000 Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell will be a contender as well.
Women's 400-meter hurdles FINAL: 1:54pm, SATURDAY
World record: 52.61, Kim Batten (USA), 1995
American record: 52.61, Kim Batten, 1995
Meet record: 52.97, Kim Batten, 1997
THE SCOOP: Sandra Glover is undefeated at the last four USA Outdoor Championships, but she will face stiff competition from the University of Texas' Raasin McIntosh (54.60) and 2003 NCAA Champion Sheena Gordon of UCLA who has the fastest time in the United States at 54.25. 2001 NCAA champion Brenda Taylor will also be in the hunt for her first U.S. championship.
Men's 400-meter hurdles FINAL: 1:08pm, SUNDAY
World record: 46.78, Kevin Young (USA), 1992
American record: 46.78, Kevin Young, 1992
Meet record: 47.03, Bryan Bronson, 1998
THE SCOOP: Reigning Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor has returned to the form after an off year in 2002. After winning the U.S. titles from 1999 to 2001, Taylor relinquished his streak last year to James Carter, who went on to win the 2002 World Cup title. Carter was fourth at the 2000 Olympics and should provide a considerable challenge to Taylor, as will Joey Woody and Eric Thomas. Woody was second at USA Outdoors in 2002 and has the third-fastest time in the world in 2003 (48.52), while Thomas, third at this meet last year, isn't far behind at 48.61. Bershawn Jackson is the potential spoiler, owning the fastest time in the world this year (48.51). Jackson won the 400mH bronze medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships.
Women's 20 km race walk FINAL: 8:00am, SATURDAY
World record: 1:26:52, Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS), 2001
American record: 1:33:17, Michelle Rohl, 1999
Meet record: 1:32:39 (road), Michelle Rohl, 2000; 1:34:56.52 (track), Joanne Dow, 2002
THE SCOOP: Joanne Dow set an American record for 20 km on the track in winning the 2002 title. The 1998 10 km champion enters as the favorite. Three-time U.S. champ and American record holder Michelle Rohl is back from maternity and is expected to provide the biggest challenge. Susan Armenta has the fastest qualifying time at 1:43;20, and two-time 10 km champion Teresa Vaill is the veteran of the field, in her 20th year as an elite athlete. Amber Antonia, third in this event last year, could mix it up as well.
Men's 20 km race walk FINAL: 8:00am, FRIDAY
World record: 1:17:25.6, Bernardo Seguro (MEX), 1994
American record: 1:23:40, Tim Seaman, 2000
Meet record: 1:23:34, Curt Clausen, 1999
THE SCOOP: Tim Seaman and Curt Clausen have traded off as U.S. champion in this event since 1996. Clausen is the '96, '97, '99 and '01 champion, while Seaman won in '98, 2000 and '02. As the American record holder and top American qualifier, Seaman will again be the favorite. Ben Shorey, the 2001 Verizon Men's Outstanding Athlete at the 2002 USA Junior Championships, where he broke Seaman's U.S. junior record for the 10 km walk (42:50:20) will go for his first U.S. title. Also look out for Philip Dunn, Al Heppner, Sean Albert and John Nunn, among others.
Women's High Jump FINAL: 12:10pm, SUNDAY
World record: 2.09m/6-10.25, Stefka Kostadinova (BUL), 1987
American record: 2.03m/6-8; Louise Ritter, 1988
Meet record: 1.99m/6-6.25, Tisha Waller, 1999
THE SCOOP: An exciting competition looks to be in store as any one of four women could win. Four-time U.S. champion Tisha Waller, three-time champ Amy Acuff, 2002 runner-up Gwen Wentland and 2000 Olympic Trials champion Karol Rovelto staged an outstanding battle at the Oracle U.S. Open, with Acuff coming out on top and all four clearing 1.95/6-4.75. Despite placing fourth at Oracle, Waller is the favorite and has the best jump this year with her winning height of 1.98m/6-6 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic.
Men's High Jump FINAL: 5:25pm, FRIDAY
World record: 2.45m/8-0.5, Javier Sotomayor (CUB), 1993
American record: 2.40m/7-10.5, Charles Austin, 1991
Meet record: 2.36/7-8.75, Hollis Conway and Doug Nordquist, 1990
THE SCOOP: Like the women's high jump, the men's competition will be hotly contested. Nathan Leeper is the two-time defending champion, but 6-time U.S. outdoor champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Charles Austin added an indoor title to his resume last March. The 2001 NCAA outdoor champion, 2000 U.S. Indoor champion, Charles Clinger stands 6 feet, 9 inches tall and has a goal of being the first American to clear 8 feet. Matt Hemingway has the best mark by an American this year at 2.34m/7-8.
Women's Pole Vault FINAL: 12:00pm, SATURDAY
World record: 4.81m/15-9.25, Stacy Dragila (USA), 2001
American record: 4.81m/15-9.25, Stacy Dragila, 2001
Meet record: 4.65m/15-3, Stacy Dragila, 2002
THE SCOOP: World record holder, Olympic gold medalist and world champion Stacy Dragila has dominated this event in the U.S., winning five of the six U.S. titles ever contested. She is coming off a strong indoor season, where she won her seventh U.S. indoor crown, setting a then world indoor record (4.78m/15-8.25). She out-dueled her Russian nemesis, Svetlana Feofanova, to score a victory at the 2003 Nike Prefontaine Classic outdoors as well. Dragila set the World Record in the pole vault at Cobb Track and Angell Field in 2001. In 1998, Kellie Suttle was the only woman to break Dragila's U.S. win streak, and Suttle has been consistent in 2003, with a win at the Oracle U.S. Open. Mel Mueller and 2002 U.S. indoor champion Mary Sauer both have cleared 15 feet.
Men's Pole Vault FINAL: 11:00am, SUNDAY
World record: 6.14m/20-1.75, Sergey Bubka (UKR), 1994
American record: 6.03/19-9.25, Jeff Hartwig, 2000
Meet record: 6.02m/19-9, Jeff Hartwig, 1999
THE SCOOP: The United States typically places two athletes in the top three on the world and Olympic stages, so you'll be watching the world's best in this event. Jeff Hartwig was the world's #1 ranked vaulter last year and broke the American indoor record three times in 2002. Derek Miles is his training partner and has been vaulting well in 2003, with a victory over Hartwig indoors at the Verizon Millrose Games and USA Indoor Championships. Miles has the best mark by an American this year with 5.81/19-0.75. Tim Mack is the 2002 U.S. Indoor champion and 2001 Goodwill Games gold medalist, and Tye Harvey owns the 2001 World Indoor silver medal. 2000 Olympic gold medalist Nick Hysong is always a threat as is Stanford graduate Toby Stevenson.
Women's Long Jump FINAL: 11:50am, SATURDAY
World record: 7.52, Galina Chistyakova (URS), 1988
American record: 7.49/24-7, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1994
Meet record: 7.12/23-4.5, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1987
THE SCOOP: Brianna Glenn is the defending U.S. outdoor champion, while 2001 U.S. champ Jenny Adams has returned to the long jump after a year off. 2002 U.S. indoor champion Grace Upshaw has the best American jump this year at 6.61m/21-8.25, with Adrien Sawyer at #2 with 6.60/21-8.
Men's Long Jump FINAL: 5:50pm, FRIDAY
World record: 8.95m/29-4.5, Mike Powell (USA), 1991
American record: 8.95m/29-4.5, Mike Powell (USA), 1991
Meet record: 8.79/28-10.25, Carl Lewis, 1983
THE SCOOP: For the first time since the heyday of Carl Lewis, the United States now rules the long jumping world. Savante Stringfellow, Miguel Pate and Dwight Phillips finished 2002 ranked 1-2-3 in the world. Stringfellow is the two-time defending U.S. outdoor champion (8.52m/27-11.5 - best jump in the world outdoors) and the World Cup gold medalist, achieving the #1 world ranking. Phillips was somewhat of a darkhorse, but he entered the limelight when he won the 2003 World Indoor Championship (8.29m/27-7.25). He is a threat to win any competition he enters. With Pate out with a knee injury, this should be a two-man tussle between Stringfellow and Phillips. 1999 U.S. champion Kevin Dilworth will lead the pack to round out the U.S. team for Paris. Stanford's Milton Little will also compete.
Women's Triple Jump FINAL: 12:00pm, SUNDAY
World record: 15.50m/50-10.25, Inessa Kravets (UKR), 1995
American record: 14.41m/47-3.5, Sheila Hudson, 1996
Meet record:14.23m/46-8.25, Sheila Hudson, 1994
THE SCOOP: Yuliana Perez has been the top U.S. jumper outdoors, winning the 2002 U.S. title with a jump of 46-7.25. Vanitta Kinard is the two-time U.S. indoor champion and was runner-up to Perez last year. Tiombe Hurd is the 2001 World Indoor bronze medalist and the 2001 U.S. outdoor champion.
Men's Triple Jump FINAL: 11:35pm SUNDAY
World record: 18.29m/60-0.25, Jonathan Edwards (GBR), 1995
American record: 18.09m/59-4.5, Kenny Harrison, 1996
Meet record: 17.97m/58-11.5, Willie Banks, 1985
THE SCOOP: Several young jumpers are lining up to carry on the strong Team USA tradition in this event. Best among them are Walter Davis and Kenta Bell. Davis won the 2001 and 2002 NCAA indoor and outdoor titles and graduated from LSU in 2002. He then won the 2002 U.S. outdoor title as well, with a personal-best jump 17.59/57-8.5. Davis kept his streak going by winning a silver medal at the 2003 World Indoor Championships (17.35m/56-11.25). Bell is the 2001 World University Games gold medalist, and the 25-year-old had the best jump by an American outdoors last year (17.63m/57-10.25). He leads the U.S. list so far in 2003 as well (17.33/56-10.25), but it will be a horserace in Stanford for the U.S. title. Either man is a medal threat at World Outdoors, as is two-time defending U.S. indoor champion Tim Rusan, the runner-up outdoors last year.
Women's Shot Put FINAL: 6:30pm, FRIDAY
World record: 22.63m/74-3, Natalya Lisovskaya (URS), 1987
American record: 20.18m/66-2.5, Ramona Pagel, 1987
THE SCOOP: With the retirement of Connie Price-Smith, Terri Steer has stepped in as the top American women's shot putter. Steer won the U.S. indoor and outdoor titles in 2002, as well as the World Indoor bronze medal in 1999, and enters as the favorite. A group of throwers are within one foot of each other on the current U.S. list, and all could emerge as U.S. champion. Among them are UCLA graduate and 2001 U.S. outdoor champion Seilala Sua; North Carolina sophomore Laura Gerraughty; and Ashland's Adrienne Blewitt. Stanford junior Jill Camarena is in top form and will have the benefit of the crowd behind her.
Men's Shot Put FINAL: 12:50pm, SATURDAY
World record: 23.12m/75-10.75, Randy Barnes (USA), 1990
American record: 23.12m/75-10.75, Randy Barnes, 1990
Meet record: 22.22m/72-11, Adam Nelson, 2002
THE SCOOP: The big men put on a big show for track fans as the world's top three throwers - Adam Nelson, John Godina and Kevin Toth - lead the competition for spots on the U.S. team for World Outdoors. Godina is the three-time defending world champion, and Olympic silver medalist Nelson was #1 world ranked last year, winning the U.S. indoor and outdoor titles. Yet the favorite to win is Kevin Toth, who at age 35 became the #2-ranked thrower last year, thanks in part to his win at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, over Nelson and Godina. Toth unleashed an astounding throw of 22.67m/74-4.5 April 19 at the Kansas Relays, and he is now the world's dominant thrower. Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa have looked good outdoors and could capitalize if any of the Big Three falter.
Women's Discus FINAL: 3:10pm, THURSDAY
World record: 76.80m/252-0, Gabriele Reinsch (GDR), 1988
American record: 69.44m/227-10 (pending), Suzy Powell, 2002
Meet record: 67.58m/221-9, Ria Stalman, 1984
THE SCOOP: Kris Kuehl (#7), Suzy Powell (#9) and Aretha Hill (#10) all were ranked in the top 10 in the world in 2002. Kuehl is the defending U.S. champion (64.44m/211-5), while Seilala Sua won the previous four crowns and will vie for another World Championships berth. Powell is coming off a win at the Oracle U.S. Open, while Hill won at the Home Depot Invitational and has been the most consistent American thrower this year. With favorable winds, the Meet record could fall.
Men's Discus FINAL: 6:40pm, THURSDAY
World record: 74.08m/243-0, Jurgen Schult (GDR), 1986
American record: 72.34m/237-4, Ben Plucknett, 1996
Meet record: 71.26m/233-9, John Powell, 1984
THE SCOOP: Adam Setliff and John Godina will butt heads for discus supremacy once again. Godina won in 1997 and '98, but Setliff has owned the event since 2000 and was fifth at both the 2001 World Outdoors and 2000 Olympic Games. Doug Reynolds and Casey Malone both have thrown over 211 feet in 2003 and could steal a win as well.
Women's Hammer Throw FINAL: 5:30pm, THURSDAY
World record: 76.07m/249-7, Michaela Melinte (ROM), 1999
American record: 72.01m/236-3, Anna Norgren-Mahon, 2002
Meet record: 72.01m/236-3, Anna Norgren Mahon, 2002
THE SCOOP: Dawn Ellerbe dominated this event from 1995 through 2001, winning six U.S. titles. In 2002, Anna Norgren Mahon, a school teacher from Connecticut, emerged to dethrone Ellerbe. Norgren Mahon also took Ellerbe's American record, improving the old mark on three occasions, and was ranked #6 in the world. Norgren Mahon is the woman to beat, but Ellerbe is motivated, and she seeks to regain her U.S. supremacy.
Men's Hammer Throw FINAL: 5:35pm, FRIDAY
World record: 86.74m/284-7, Yuriy Syedikh (URS), 1986
American record: 82.52m/270-9, Lance Deal, 1996
Meet record: 82.50m/270-8, Lance Deal, 1994
THE SCOOP: The scramble to fill Lance Deal's sizeable shoes in this event has resulted in tremendous competition - the only problem is that you never know when Deal will come out of retirement. Kevin McMahon won this event in 1997 and 2001 and is the favorite when he is healthy. But Deal came back in 2002 when McMahon struggled with injury, and won his eighth U.S. title. John McEwen is a two-time U.S. indoor weight throw champion, and he has the farthest throw outdoors so far by an American in 2003 (74.73m/245-2). James Parker also could place in the top 3. Stanford All-American Nick Welihozkiy will also compete.
Women's Javelin FINAL: 7:20pm, FRIDAY
World record: 71.54m/234-8, Osleidys Menendez (CUB), 2001
American record: 60.68m/199-1, Kim Kreiner, 2002
Meet record: 30.06m/197-0, Serene Ross, 2002
THE SCOOP: The 2001 U.S. champion, Kim Kreiner, traded the American record with Serene Ross, the 2002 U.S. champ, last year. Kreiner stood as the American record holder at season's end, but Ross got the top U.S. ranking. It should be an outstanding battle between the two. Ross also won the 2002 NCAA championship for Purdue.
Men's Javelin FINAL: 12:15pm, SATURDAY
World record: 98.48m/323-1, Jan Zelezny (CZE), 1996
American record: 87.12m/285-10, Tom Pukstys, 1997
Meet record: 85.23m/279-7, Breaux Greer, 2001
THE SCOOP: Tom Pukstys and Breaux Greer have been the top U.S. throwers of the last 10 years, and 2003 is shaping up no differently. Greer has won the last three U.S. titles, and placed fourth at the 2001 World Outdoor Championships, but he is coming off shoulder surgery last summer. He showed good form in winning the Oracle U.S. Open, but Pukstys and Latrell Frederick have the top throws by Americans this year.
Women's Heptathlon FINAL: THURSDAY and FRIDAY
World record: 7,291, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA), 1988
American record: 7,291, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1988
Meet record: 6,979, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1987
THE SCOOP: It has been a two-woman show between DeDee Nathan and Shelia Burrell since Jackie Joyner-Kersee's retirement. Burrell won the bronze medal at the 2001 World Outdoor Championships, and is the 1999 and 2002 U.S. champion. Nathan won in 2000 and 2001. The wild card is Arkansas graduate GiGi Miller, an outstanding triple jumper who made the World team in the heptathlon in 2001 after placing third at the USA championships. Stanford graduate and school record holder is also competing.
Men's Decathlon FINAL: SATURDAY and SUNDAY
World record: 9,026, Roman Sebrle (CZE), 2001
American record: 8,891, Dan O'Brien, 1992
Meet record: 8,726, Dan O'Brien, 1996
THE SCOOP: The next great American decathlete has been crowned, and he is Tom Pappas. Fifth at the 2000 Olympic Games and first at 2002 USA Outdoors, Pappas won the 2003 World Indoor Championships heptathlon, beating World record holder Roman Sebrle. Pappas placed second to Sebrle at Gotzis this year with a personal-best score of 8,585. Other young decathletes to watch for are 2002 U.S. runner-up Bryan Clay, Stephen Harris (third among Americans so far this year) and Stephen Moore, fifth last year.