11 APR 2000 General News

Greene and Jones head field for Mt. SAC Relays

Greene and Jones head field for Mt. SAC Relays
AFP

12 April 2000 – Walnut, USA - Maurice Greene, the 100m world record holder who pulled out of the Texas Relays is slated to run the 200m at the Mt. SAC Relays here on Sunday, a week after he withdrew from the Texas Relays.

Greene, who was to run the 4x100m and 4x200m relays in Texas but skipped the races as a precaution when mid-week workouts left him with a sore left leg, will take on Kevin Little, the world indoor bronze medallist from 1999, and veteran Jon Drummond in the 200m.

"We'll see how it feels," Greene said of the leg last week, adding that he saw no cause for concern.

Trinidad and Tobago's Ato Boldon heads the 100m field against five-time Mt. SAC champion and 1992 Olympic 200m champion Mike Marsh.

US sprint queen Marion Jones, the 100m world champion is slated to run the 400m, where she will be seeking a third straight Mt. SAC title. On this very same track last year, the 100m World Champion in 1997 and 1999, took part and won her one and only 400m victory of the 1999 season in 50.79

Meet director Scott Davis said on Tuesday that California-based Inger Miller, the 200m World Champion, had expressed an interest in running against Jones in the 400m, but Davis was not yet sure if the match-up would materialise.

Miller was originally entered in the women's 100m, a race that is also to included Chanda Sturrup of the Bahamas, who ran 10.96 last year.

Jones' husband, shot put world champion C.J. Hunter, is also scheduled to compete as the couple's quest to strike Olympic gold in Sydney begins in earnest.

The women's 400m hurdles also boasts a strong field, with Andrea Blackett of Barbados, Debbie-Ann Parris of Jamaica and American Tonja Buford, the world's number two all-time hurdler.

Most of the elite events were scheduled for Sunday at Mt. San Antonio College's Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

But on Saturday night, the invitational women's pole vault will be contested, with American Stacy Dragila, the indoor and outdoor world record holder, heading the field.

In 15 days culminating at the US Indoor Championships on March 3, Dragila took the indoor record previously owned by German Nicole Humbert at 4.55m, seven centimetres higher to 4.62cm.

In the process Dragila surpassed the outdoor world record of 4.60 that she shares with Australian Emma George.