Sheena Johnson Captures Olympic Trials Championship in 400m Hurdles

July 11, 2004

Senior Sheena Johnson broke the Collegiate, U.S. Olympic Trials, and the U.S. Championship Records on Sunday as she won the 400m hurdles in a time of 52.95 at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, CA. With the victory, Johnson will travel to Athens to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in August.

Johnson improved her time in every heat of the 400m hurdles, running 55.64 in the preliminaries (4th overall), 54.16 in the semifinals (3rd overall), and finally, the record-breaking 52.92 to win.

Two former Bruins will also make the trip to Athens in August. Shelia Burrell captured the heptathlon title, scoring 6,194 points, while Michelle Perry finished third with 6,126 points. Burrell was second going into the final event, the 800m, but pulled ahead of Tiffany Lott-Hogan to win.

Alumnus Gail Devers just missed out on making the U.S. team by .01 in the 100m after finishing fourth with a time of 11.11. University of Miami's Lauren Williams edged out Devers, running 11.10. Devers will return to the track on Saturday, July 17 in the 100m hurdles in an effort to make the Olympic Games.

Tiffany Burgess finished 23rd in the 800m, failing to advance to the final.

In field event action, three former Bruins advanced to the finals in their events. High jumper Amy Acuff cleared 5-11.50 to automatically move on to the finals which will be held on Monday. Discus throwers Seilala Sua and Suzy Powell both move on to the finals after finishing fiftth (185-3) and sixth (183-11) respectively. Lisa (Coleman) Reich no heighted in the high jump.

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