Olympic Track Competition Begins for Former Standouts

Former BYU All-Americans will begin Olympic track and field competition this weekend including Tiffany Lott-Hogan in the women's heptathlon.

PROVO -- With the Olympics already underway, track and field competition will begin Wednesday with the men's and women's shot put and will continue Friday with several events including the women's heptathlon.

Former BYU standouts Tiffany Lott-Hogan and Marsha Mark Baird will begin the heptathlon competition with the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters on Friday. Lott-Hogan will be representing the USA team in this event while Baird will be representing her native country Trinidad & Tobago.

The heptathlon competition will finish Saturday with the long jump, javelin and the 800-meter run.

In the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Baird took 22nd in the heptathlon while Lott-Hogan barely missed qualifying for the event. Baird met her country's Olympic heptathlon qualifications earlier this summer at a meet sponsored by the International Olympic Committee.

At the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., Lott-Hogan took second place with 6,159 points, where she won the shot put and javelin and took second in the 100-meter hurdles.

The first two rounds of the 100 meters will begin Saturday, featuring Leonard Myles-Mills and Frank Fredericks, both former Cougars and NCAA championships in the 100 meters.

Maggie Chan-Roper, another former BYU All-American, will compete in the women's marathon Sunday. After qualifying at the Salt Lake Marathon last April, she will be representing her native country Hong Kong.