Stacy Dragila To Compete At Payton Jordan U.S. Open

May 4, 2004

Stanford, Ca - American recordholder Stacy Dragila will lead a field that includes many of the best U.S. women's pole vaulters for the Payton Jordan U.S. Open track and field meet, May 31 at Stanford University's Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Dragila is the current world leader at 15-feet, 5 inches following her outdoor season-opening effort on May 1 in El Paso, Texas. She is the reigning U.S. national indoor and outdoor champion and was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. (and No. 5 in the world) last season by Track & Field News.

Dragila, the defending Olympic champion and former world recordholder who raised the global standard twice in 2002 to 15-9 1/4 while competing at Stanford, now is chasing the current world record of 15-9 3/4 by Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia.

Dragila will be pushed at the Payton Jordan U.S. Open by Kellie Suttle, Mary Sauer, Jillian Schwartz, Becky Holliday, Tracy O'Hara and Dana Ellis-Buller.

Suttle ranked No. 2 in the U.S. last season with a best of 15-0 1/4 while Sauer was No. 3, Schwartz No. 5, Holliday No. 6 and O'Hara No. 7. This season, Sauer ranks No. 4 in the world at 15-0 with O'Hara No. 6 in the world and Ellis-Buller at No. 8. O'Hara and Holliday are both former collegiate recordholders. The IAAF Grand Prix I meet, a stop on the USATF Golden Spike Tour, will feature many of the finest world and American athletes who'll be continuing their preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The meet will be televised by ESPN2 and shown on a tape-delayed basis on Tuesday, June 1 from 6-7 p.m. (PDT). A Kid's Clinic, which will be held at the track beginning at 10 a.m., is free. All the participants will receive a general admission ticket.

The meet is named in honor of former Stanford track and field coach Payton Jordan, who brought the 1960 U.S. Olympic Trials and the famed 1962 U.S.-U.S.S.R. track meet to Stanford.

Tickets for the Memorial Day event are $35 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission, and can be purchased by phone at 1-800-STANFORD or in person at Stanford Athletic Department Ticket Office, Gate 2, at Stanford Stadium.

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