June 4, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - On Saturday, June 8th, hundreds of the top track and field athletes in the world will compete in the Oracle U.S. Open at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field. The star-studded field includes only those track and field athletes that were ranked in the top 50 in the world in their respective events in 2001.
A free Youth Track & Field Clinic for children 14 and under will occur prior to the meet from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The first 200 children at the clinic will receive a free bronze ticket to the meet. In addition, a Kids Half-Lap race will be contested at 5:00 p.m. Registration for the clinic and half-lap race will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets for the track and field meet can be purchased at the Stanford Athletics ticket office located at Gate 1 of Stanford Stadium or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Tickets also will be sold the day of the event. A capacity crowd is expected so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early. The Oracle U.S. Open starts at 6:00 p.m.
Women's 100 Meters - The world's fastest woman, Marion Jones, seeks her second consecutive victory on The Farm against Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas and Veronica Campbell of Jamaica. Jones has the fastest time in the world this year at 10.90.
Women's Pole Vault - The United States' Stacy Dragila highlighted last year's meet by setting two World Records in the women's pole vault. Dragila returns this year in an attempt to become the first woman ever to clear 16 feet in the pole vault.
Women's 1500 Meters - 5000 meter American record holder and Stanford graduate Regina Jacobs will look to avenge a defeat two weeks ago to 800 meter American indoor record holder Nicole Teter. Teter defeated Jacobs in the 1500 meters on May 26 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR. Sara Schwald was ranked second in the 1500 meters in the United States last season.
Women's 100 Meter Hurdles - Two time Olympic gold medalist and three time 100 meter hurdle World champion Gail Devers will battle Jenny Adams, the third ranked women's hurdler in the world in 2001. Devers ran the fastest time ever by an American woman at 12.29 two weeks ago.
Women's 400 Meters - World leader Michelle Collins of the United States will challenge 800 meter American record holder Jearl Miles Clark and defending U.S. 400 meter champion Latasha Colander Richardson.
Women's Discus - American record holder Suzy Powell will compete for top honors against fellow U.S. Olympians Seilala Sua and Aretha Hill.
Men's Shot Put - U.S. behemoths John Godina, Adam Nelson, and Kevin Toth have the three furthest throws in the world this year. The 6'4" 285 pound Godina is a three time World champion in the shot put. Nelson, who stands 6'0" and weighs 255 pounds, was the silver medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games. Toth, a 320 pound regular on ESPN's World's Strongest Man competitions defeated Godina and Nelson in the shot put at the Prefontaine Classic on May 26.
Men's 100 Meters - The United States' J.J. Johnson has the fourth fastest time in the world this year at 9.95. Kim Collins, the 2001 World Championship bronze medalist in the 200 meters, will push Johnson to the finish line.
Men's 5000 Meters - An attempt will be made to run the fastest 5000 meters ever on American soil. The time to beat is 13:05.59. Top contenders include Abraham Chebii of Kenya, who ran the fastest time ever in the United States in the 10,000 meters last year at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field. Kenya's Luke Kipkosgei is annually ranked in the top ten in the world and has a career best of 12:56.50. Stanford graduate and U.S. Olympian Brad Hauser will compete as will American 10,000 meter record holder Meb Keflezighi.
Men's Mile - William Chirchir of Kenya has the second fastest time in the world this year at 3:51.03. Chirchir was ranked third in the world in 2001. Kenya's David Lelei and Stanford greats Michael Stember, Gabe Jennings, and Jonathon Riley will give chase.
Men's 400 meters - The United States' Leonard Byrd has the fastest time in the world this year at 44.37. Michael McDonald of Jamaica and Alleyne Francique of Grenada are ranked in the top-ten in the world in 2002. Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic is the defending world champion in the 400 meter hurdles.