Sun Devils Shine in First Day of USA Track & Field Olympic Trials

July 9, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The first day of the 2004 USA Olympic Team Trials for track and field came to a close Friday evening with one current and four former members of the Arizona State track and field team turning in impressive performances at the meet being conducted at the Alex G. Spanos Athletic Complex in Sacramento, Calif. Of the five competitors, four remain in contention for a berth on the United States Olympic Team at the Summer Olympiad in Athens, Greece, next month.

Jacquelyn Johnson, the 2004 NCAA heptathlon champion, started strong in her first trial meet and ended the day in 11th place with 3,365 points. The true freshman from Yuma, Ariz., opened the day by collecting 1m015 points in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.74, placing her first in her heat and seventh overall. From there, she secured 879 points in the high jump (1.72m/5-7.75) as she placed tied for 10th in the event and slipped to ninth in the overall standings. In the shot put, a throw of 10.92m (35-10.00) garnered her another 590 points, but again she slid down the standings to 12th overall. In the final event of the day, Johnson placed ninth in the 200m dash with a time of 25.06 to score 881 points, pushing her total to 3,365 points and 11th place.

A pair of former Sun Devils are sitting in good position following the qualifying rounds of their respective field events. Defending gold medallist Nick Hysong is one of 11 pole vaulters tied for first place after clearing 5.80m (18-00.50) on his second attempt. The finals for the vault are Sunday with Hysong looking to return to the Olympics to defend his crown.

Dwight Phillips, the 2003 indoor and outdoor world champion in the long jump, looked to be winning form as he recorded the best jump of the competition at 8.37m (27-5.50). The mark was recorded in his first attempt of the day with Phillips passing his second and third tries to rest up for the 100m dash and finals of the long jump.

Vince Mosca recorded a throw of 18.86m (61-10.50) in the qualifier of the shot put to place fifth in his heat and earned one of 12 berths to the finals. Mosca is ranked 11th after the first three throws. In the only final of the day, Fasil Bizuneh, the ASU cross country program's lone two-time All-American on the men's side, placed 16th out of 22 runners in the 10,000m run (29:11.78).

In action being held Saturday, Johnson will wrap up competition in the heptathlon with the long jump, javelin and 800m run. Also slated to compete are Phillips and Marcus Brunson in the qualifying and quarterfinal rounds of the 100m dash; Mosca in the finals of the shot put and Sandra Orsund in the qualifying round of the discus.

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