Monday, July 19, 2004

Veterans able to shine on final day

Track and Field Trials

The Enquirer and wire reports

Veterans Gail Devers and Stacy Dragila were the stars on the last day of a U.S. Olympic track and field trials that had mostly been a showcase for teenagers, collegians and other first-time Olympians.

The 37-year-old Devers became the third U.S. track and field athlete - joining Carl Lewis and Willye White - to make her fifth Olympic team, winning the 100-meter hurdles by less than the length of her trademark fingernails.

"I've been there, done that before, but each time is like a new experience for me," said Devers.

Dragila, 33, the defending Olympic champion, won the women's pole vault but failed in three attempts to break the world record. She missed at 16 feet, 1/2-inch, which would have topped Svetlana Feofanova's mark of 16 feet.

But there were still plenty of triumphs Sunday for the younger generation.

Wyoming High grad and University of Cincinnati runner David Payne failed Sunday to advance from his semifinal heat of the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 13.53 seconds was seventh in his heat and 13th overall.

Also, Walnut Hills and UC grad Mary Danner was bypassed on the relay pool chosen for women's 1,600-meter relay. Danner finished 14th Thursday in the 400 meters.

Allyson Felix, 18, won the women's 200 meters and Muna Lee, 22, was second. Shawn Crawford, 26, won the men's 200 and Justin Gatlin, 22, was second. Crawford and Gatlin also will run the 100.

Alan Webb, 21, won the men's 1,500 and will try to end a 36-year U.S. Olympic medal drought in that event.

Terrence Trammell won the men's 110 hurdles in 13.09. Duane Ross was second and world champion Allen Johnson was third. Carrie Tollefson won the women's 1,500.

Torri Edwards took the third spot in the women's 200. Akron native LaShaunte'a Moore took third place in the 200.

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