Pre-trials Finishes With Over 27 Olympic Marks

PROVO -- After two days of competition at the 2004 Pre-trials Sprint and Power Meet at the Clarence F. Robison Track Complex in Provo, more than 27 athletes managed to post Olympic A-standard qualifying marks to earn a spot in the Olympic trials.

The meet that extended over Friday and Saturday saw a world record fall, a Canadian national record fall and seven stadium records be rewritten.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to see past and future Olympians put up some of the top marks in the US this year.

Early on in Day 2 of competition 400-meter speedster Tyree Washington turned in the 10th fastest time thus far in the US and the fastest time in the 400 at the Pre-trials with a time of 45.14 in the event.

The men's and women's high jump, men's pole vault and the women's triple jump all drew considerable attention from the crowd as the athletes worked their way towards breaking the stadium records which were already some of the highest marks in US history.

With America's top pole vault athlete, Toby Stevenson, in attendance, the pole vault was expected to bring some high-flying action. However, Stevenson struggled on the day, leaving the door open for Tye Harvey to step in and win the competition with a vault of 18'-8.5" for a new stadium record and the seventh highest mark in the US.

Another event to raise some excitement was the women's high jump that brought out the top US high jumpers to compete and the US women's national team coach to watch.

In the end it was Chaunte Howard beating out Amy Acuff for the top leap as Howard set a new stadium record on her way to the highest jump for a US woman this year with a jump of 6'-6".

Jaime Nieto in the men's high jump topped out with a mark of 7'-6.5" for the second highest men's jump this year and the top performance in the Pre-trials Meet.

In the best women's triple jump competition ever at the Clarence F. Robison Track Complex, four different athletes surpassed the former stadium record of 44'-7" as Vanitta Kinard put up the second-longest triple jump in the US this year and set a new Robison Complex record with a leap of 46'-4", just missing the longest US jump by less than three inches.

Many of the athletes in attendance at the 2004 Pre-trials Sprint and Power Meet will go on to the Olympic trials and will become Olympians at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

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