PROVO -- With Olympic caliber athletes in attendance at the 2004 Pre-trials Sprint and Power Meet in Provo on Friday, Day 1 saw world, national and stadium records fall at the BYU Clarence F. Robison Track Complex.
After great weather throughout most of the day, rain and lightning forced the final four events to be pushed to tomorrow morning.
Among the record setters on Friday was paralympian Brian Frasure, who broke his own world record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.69 and missed the 100-meter record by 0.02 seconds.
"I was completely tired today after running two 100-meter races and then having a pretty nice headwind, that was definitely the fastest I have ever ran," said Frasure who runs with a prosthetic-spring-loaded leg. "It gives me a lot of confidence heading into Athens."
Hammer thrower Jenn Joyce also raised some excitement in the crowd as she set a new Canadian record with a throw of 223'-8" but it was Erin Gilreath who posted the farthest mark in the preliminary round and smashed the former stadium record with a throw of 234'-01".
On the men's side of the hammer throw, James Parker started the day off right by launching the hammer 259'-10". Parker's throw ranks tops in the US and destroyed the former stadium record by more than 19 feet.
In all, four stadium records were broken during the prelim round by athletes that most likely will be suiting up for the USA Track & Field Olympic team in Athens, Greece, in August.
Early on in the day, another stadium record fell in the women's 100-meter hurdles with Joanna Hayes running to a 12.69 finish and recording the fifth fastest time in the country and the fastest time ever at the Robison Complex.
One of the most exciting events of the day turned out to be the women's pole vault as Kellie Suttle cleared a mark of 14'-11.5" to set a new stadium record and record the fifth highest pole vault mark in the US this year.
Local athletes Tiffany Lott-Hogan and Nikki Hughes each had strong outings in the preliminary rounds of Friday's competition.
Lott-Hogan turned in the 10th fastest time in the US in the 100-meter hurdles while posting the second-fastest time of the day. Her time of 12.85 is within the Olympic A-standard time.
In the long jump, Hughes recorded the longest jump of the day with a leap of 21'-4", good enough to land her the sixth best jump so far this year. Hughes' best jump this year ranks third in the country with an Olympic A-standard mark of 21'-7.5".
The 2004 Pre-trials Sprint and Power Meet continues Saturday with the finals of all sprint and field events beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Provo.
For a list of Friday's results, click the link below.