Gail Devers Highlights List of Former and Current Bruins on the Olympic Team
July 19, 2004
Thirty-seven-year old Gail Devers (UCLA '89) stole the show on the final day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, winning the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.55. Devers will be competing in her fifth Olympic Games where she hopes to garner her first Olympic medal in the hurdles. Devers also finished fourth in the 100m race and just missed an Olympic spot by 0.01 seconds.
However, a new doping scandal involving Torri Edwards might change the 100m entrants for the U.S. team, moving Devers to third and onto the 100m Olympic Team. Although this might happen, Devers may forego the 100m race to focus on winning a medal in the 100m hurdles.
Joining Gail Devers in the 100m hurdles is Joanna Hayes (UCLA '01). Hayes finished second to Devers with an identical time of 12.55, but the win was awarded to Devers with a time of 12.547, while Hayes' time was 12.549. In the semifinals of the 100m hurdles, Hayes' time of 12.50 moved her to third all-time on the U.S. List.
Sheena Johnson, who just finished her eligibility for the Bruins, won the 400m hurdles in record time, breaking the Olympic Trials and U.S. Championship Records with a time of 52.95. The time also ranks No. 10 all-time in the world. Johnson also competed in the 100m hurdles, but did not advance to the finals in that race.
In the heptathlon competition, two former Bruins earned Olympic team spots with Shelia Burrell capturing the Trials Championships, and Michelle Perry (UCLA '02) finishing third overall.
In the field events, Amy Acuff (UCLA '97) and Seilala Sua (UCLA '01) each garnered a spot to the Olympics. Acuff finished second in the high jump, while Sua finished third in the discus.
Junior Monique Henderson was named to the 4x400m relay pool after failing to earn a spot on the 400m team. Although Henderson's earlier heats of the 400m races put her in top contention for a team spot, she finished a disappointing fifth overall in the 400m with a time of 50.75.
The final Olympic Team roster will be announced on August 9.