Final Day of Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational Ends with Bang

April 10, 2004

Los Angeles, CA - The three day Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational ended with a bang today. On the day, former Bruin greats John Godina and Jess Strutzel turned in a pair of American leading performances. A bevy of meet records were also broken in today's action.

In the field, meet records were broken in six of the events. In the first event of the day, 2003 NCAA champion and USC alum David Jaworski cleared 7-2.25 (2.19m) in the high jump. He broke the meet record of 6-11 set by former Bruin Kevin Weaver. In the pole vault, former Bruin All-American Scott Slover won, equaling the meet record of 17-8.50 (5.40m), set by current Bruin Yoo Kim. Brian Johnson, competing unattached, won the long jump with a meet record mark of 24-7.75 (7.51m)(1.3). Former Bruin Narc Narcisse held the previous record of 24-4.25. And, in the triple Jump, Von Ware set a meet record of 53-3 (16.23m)(-0.1).

In the throwing events, two of the nation's top throwers established new meet records. In the shot put, former Bruin great and two-time World champion John Godina threw 67-11.75 (20.72m). It is the leading mark in the U.S. this season and second in the world. In the discus throw, 2003 U.S. champion Carl Brown threw a meet record 206-5 (62.91m) for the victory. And, in the javelin, Arizona's Matt Wagner threw 221-5 (67.49m) for the victory and meet record.

On the track, a number of meet records were broken. In the 100m, Jerome Avery won in 10.43 (0.0). In the 200m, Mickey Grimes won in 20.64 (0.9) to break Jerome Davis' previous record of 20.91. In the 400m, Handan Al'Bishi won in 45.79, breaking Davis' record of 46.68. In the mile invitational, Arizona's Robert Cheseret won in 4:01.43.

In the 800m, former Oregon All-American and Pac-10 champion Simon Kimata, now representing Kenya, won in 1:46.48. Former UCLA NCAA 800m champion Jesse Strutzel was the runner-up in 1:46.80. It is the leading time in the U.S. this season. Also competing in the 800m was Track & Field News' athlete of the year and world 400m hurdles champion Felix Sanchez. He finished fourth in a personal best 1:49.36.

In the 110m hurdles, Larry Wade set a meet record of 13.44 (0.5). Former Bruin All-American Kyle Erickson won the 400m hurdles in a meet record and personal best 49.41.

In the 4x100m relay, HSI's team of Grimes, Leonard Scott, former Bruin NCAA champion Ato Boldon and Olympic gold medallist Maurice Greene won in 38.90. And, in the 4x400m relay, the Bush Whackers, coached by legendary Bruin track coach Jim Bush, won in a meet record 3:09.01.

Bruin Results
In the 100m, sophomore Matt Bruno finished fifth in a season best 10.80 (0.0). Sophomore Craig Everhart placed third in the 200m in a personal best 20.76 (0.9, RQ). In the 400m, junior Denye' Versher was fourth in a personal best 46.59 (RQ). In the mile invitational, junior Jon Rankin was the runner-up in 4:03.70 and Reggie Oronoz was seventh in 4:26.35. In the 800m, senior Nick Thornton finished third in 1:48.37.

In the 110m hurdles, junior Tony Golston was the runner-up in 13.87 (0.5, RQ). In the 400m hurdles, Bruins Jonathan Williams and Matt Willis ran season bests. Williams finished fourth in a season best 51.20 (RQ) and Willis was sixth in 52.29 (RQ). In the 4x100m relay, the Bruins team of Bruno, Mario Bassani, Versher and Chris Dunbar placed second in a season best 40.22 (RQ).

In the field, Yoo Kim placed third in the pole vault clearing 17-4.50 (5.30m, RQ). Sophomore Mike Landers and senior Pat Luke tied for fourth, clearing 17-0.75 (5.20m, RQ). It is a personal best for Landers. And, Shane Hackett was fifth clearing a season best 16-0.75 (4.90m).

In the shot put, senior Dan Ames was runner-up to Godina, throwing a personal best 66-1 (20.14m, RQ). It is the collegiate leading mark and fifth in school history. Sophomore Jake Knight was seventh with a season best throw of 58-11.50 (17.97m, RQ). Sophomore Jeremy Silverman was eighth with a throw of 57-7 (17.55m, RQ).

In the discus, Ames finished fifth with a season best throw of 189-10 (57.86m, RQ). Silverman was eighth throwing 160-3 (48.84m). And, in the javelin, Ely Dial was fourth with a throw of 185-10 (56.65m).

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