Sun Devil Tracksters Johnson and Reed Secure Gold Medals at NACAC Meet

Aug. 2, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Two current members of the Arizona State track and field team competed at the 2004 NACAC-TELUS Under-23 Championships held July 30-August 1 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada with both returning to Tempe with gold medals. The third annual event was held at Sherbrooke University and pitted athletes from North America, Central America and the Caribbean against one another.

Jacquelyn Johnson, who won the NCAA and Pac-10 championship in the heptathlon this year as a true freshman, competed in the seven-event competition, easily winning the crown by 417 points as fellow American Brooke Meredith finished second at 5,048. The Yuma, Ariz., native got off to a fast start, banking 1,0005 points in the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.81 to take a nearly 100 point lead. From there, Johnson won the high jump with a clearance of 1.72m to earn another 879 points. The shot put saw the Sun Devil finish third with a throw of 10.74m to garner another 578 points before she closed out the first day of competition with a 200m dash win at 25.52 for another 840 points. With 3,302 points on the day, Johnson was the only athlete to break the 3,000-point barrier.

On the second day of the event, Johnson continued to shine, taking second in the long jump with a leap of 5.77m to grab 780 points. She then won the javelin throw with a toss of 41.06m to pick up another 668 points. With the title easily in her hands, Johnson finished fourth in the 800m run in a time of 2:28.27 to add 715 points and finish with 5,465 points to win the title from the field of seven competitors.

Cassandra Reed was the other Sun Devil to compete in the meet, joining the 4x400m relay team and helping Team USA secure gold in the meet-ending race. Reed, running the third leg of the race, joined Dehashia Trottier, Charlette Griggs and Monique Henderson to clock a 3:29.10 to win the gold, easily outdistancing runner-up Jamaica, who turned in a time of 3:35.42.

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