Johnson Takes 12th in Heptathlon at 2004 Track & Field Trials

July 10, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Four former and one current member of the Arizona State track and field team saw action Saturday at the 2004 US Track and Field Olympic Team Trials in Sacramento, Calif., with a pair of former Sun Devils advancing in their respective events. Three other athletes concluded their competitive slates at the event that is being conducted to determine the members of the United States' Olympic Team.

Current Sun Devil Jacquelyn Johnson wrapped up her second day of competition in the heptathlon, finishing the seven-part event in 12th place with 5,548 points. Johnson, the 2004 NCAA Champion in the heptathlon, opened the day with a 13th place showing in the long jump with a leap of 5.78m (18-11.75) to garner 783 points. After opening the day in 11th and remaining their after the first event, Johnson slipped to 12th in the standings following a 12th place performance in the javelin with a heave of 39.75m (130-5) for 662 points. In the final event of the competition, Johnson earned 738 points after finishing 19th in the 800m run in 2:26.43.

Dwight Phillips and Marcus Brunson both competed in the 100m dash qualifying round to open the sprints portion of the meet with Brunson leading the duo with an 8th place overall finish at 10.24. Phillips was 19th with a time of 10.30 in the first run. Later in the day, both men finished in the Top 16 overall to advance to the Sunday semifinals. Phillips took 13th at 10.25 while Brunson placed just behind him in 14th at 10.27.

In the field, Vince Mosca competed in the finals of a highly competitive shot put event that saw the top-ranked American fail to make the Olympic team. Mosca placed ninth overall with a heave of 18.93m (62-1.25). On the women's side, Sandra Orsund placed 23rd in the qualifying round of the discus with a toss of 46.58m (152-10) and failed to advance to the finals.

Sunday will see one current and three former Sun Devil athletes take to competition, led by two finalists. Nick Hysong will look to earn his second-consecutive berth to the Summer Olympiad as he competes in the finals of the pole vault while Phillips will attempt to make the team for the second time as well in the long jump finals. Current ASU student-athlete Jason Barton will begin his quest for Athens with the quarterfinals of the 400m dash. Phillips and Brunson also will compete in the semifinals and finals (if they advance) of the 100m dash.

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