June 26, 1999 |
Marion Jones' invincibility in the long jump is over after a stunning upset last night in the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Jones' two-year reign as national champion was ended by Dawn Burrell. The younger sister of Leroy Burrell, the former world-record holder at 100 meters, Dawn Burrell soared a career-best 22 feet, 10 inches, in handing Jones her first defeat by an American since 1997. Jones, competing in her first meet since spraining her right knee in a meet at Raleigh, N.C., on June 12, had a best of 22-3 on her first attempt and finished second.
August 14, 1987 |
Jackie Joyner-Kersee was hugging everyone in site last night after she discovered she had jumped 24 feet, 5 1/2 inches to tie the world record in the women's long jump at the Pan American Games. She had to wait until she got back to the interview tent at the Indiana University-Purdue University track to kiss her husband, Bob, who also is her coach. It's nice to know those two lovebirds still are getting along. Until this week, Bob Kersee, an assistant on the U.S. women's team, was advising his 25-year-old wife to skip this competition.
June 17, 1990 |
Paying scant attention to the twisting wind and ignoring the pain in her legs, Jackie Joyner-Kersee soared to a long-jump victory yesterday in the USA/ Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College. Joyner-Kersee's victorious leap came on her fifth attempt of the afternoon's competition and measured 23 feet, 2 3/4 inches. That ranks as the best performance by an American woman this year and is second on the world list only to that of Inessa Kravets of the Soviet Union, who jumped 23-3 1/2 on May 20. Janeene Vickers of UCLA, the two-time NCAA champion in the event, also bid for world recognition when she won the women's 400-meter hurdles in 54.80 seconds, the fastest time in the world to date by an American, and second on the 1990 world list to Myrtle Botha of South Africa (53.65)
August 3, 1996 |
Jackie Joyner-Kersee seemed tired even before the Olympic long jump final started last night. When she was introduced, she smiled, but barely; waved, but limply. Her right thigh was taped so tightly that it was hard to imagine any blood was getting to her sore hamstring. There was no way Joyner-Kersee was going to do what Carl Lewis did, end her wonderful Olympic career with a gold medal. Joyner-Kersee, who had earned three Olympic gold medals, a silver and a bronze coming into her fourth Olympic Games, finished with a bronze medal last night, winning it with her final jump.
August 7, 1992 |
Previewing Day 14 of the 25th Summer Olympiad, during which 23 gold medals in nine sports are scheduled to be awarded. TRACK AND FIELD Finals for men in the steeplechase, 50-kilometer walk and pole vault. Finals for women in the 10,000, long jump and shot put. To match what she did in Seoul - win gold in the heptathlon and long jump - Jackie Joyner-Kersee will have to hurt the feelings of a soulmate. Joyner-Kersee and Germany's Heike Drechsler are good friends, as close as two competitors can be. But only one can capture gold in the long jump.
August 2, 1996 |
Jackie Joyner-Kersee knew this was going to be an emotional experience, completing her Olympic career as she started it: on U.S. soil. What she didn't know was how hard it would be, how many times tears would soil the farewell, how they would be tears of pain instead of joy. "I don't want any more tears," Joyner-Kersee said yesterday. "I have shed enough here. " Joyner-Kersee qualified yesterday in morning rain for today's long-jump final, despite a hamstring muscle so badly strained that it requires the upper part of her right leg to be wrapped as if for mummification.
April 10, 1997 |
The blanket will have to go when Carolyn Malloy (left) and Renee Geist, track teammates at Neshaminy High School, compete in the long jump there during a meet with North Penn. For now, it fends off the teeth-chattering chill. Today, expect another bright but cold day.
June 1, 1996 |
Nate Harley spent the entire season looking forward to yesterday. The Pleasantville senior wanted to finish his career as a two-time state Group 2 champion in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. A leg injury had slowed Harley for the Penn Relays, so the NJSIAA state championships became his top priority. Harley, who is leading toward attending Texas A&M in the fall, captured the 110 hurdles is 13.96 seconds and the 400 in 54.32 last night at Frank Jost Field. Harley is still looking forward to today, when he will attempt the long jump and run a leg on the 1,600 relay.
May 26, 2013 |
When Haddon Heights senior Emily Carson heard her long-jump distances announced Friday, she sighed audibly and took on a determined look. She finished second at the South Jersey Group 2 track and championships at Buena, but the jump that measured 17 feet, 1 inch did not match her expectations after she went 19-4 at last week's Haddonfield Invitational. Carson carried that demeanor throughout the afternoon, each stride seemingly more demonstrative than the last and looking increasingly serious.
April 12, 2011 |
Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says that he'll run again - for New Jersey Senate. The 49-year-old New Jersey native yesterday announced his bid to represent his hometown of Willingboro. "When I run - as you see from my record - I run to win," Lewis said outside the Burlington County courthouse. Lewis said he hopes to inspire people, encourage communities to get together and improve educational opportunities, particularly physical education, for children. He said he'll announce a specific issue-based platform in coming days.