Aug. 9, 2004
In the final track & field tuneup before the start of the Olympic competition, UCLA's Monique Henderson and Sheena Johnson ran on the winning U. S. women's 4 X 400m relay in the Three-Nation Team Challenge (U. S., France, Germany), before 18,500 in Munich on Sunday.
Running on the U. S. "II" relay, Johnson ran the third leg and Henderson the anchor, leading the U. S. to a winning time of 3:20.88. It's a world-leading mark and the No. 6 U. S. all-time effort. In the victory, the U. S. "II" relay defeated the U. S. "I" (3:20.91, No. 7 all-time U. S.). On the anchor leg, Henderson ran down Sanya Richards five meters before the finish line to seal the U. S. "II" relay's win.
Once the Olympic track & field competition gets underway, Johnson, a senior this season who led the Bruin women to the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championship, will compete in the 400m hurdles (she won the 400m hurdle title at the U. S. Trials and is the two-time defending NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdle champ). Henderson, a senior in 2004-05, will be a part of the U. S. relay pool. At the Trials, she placed fifth in the 400m.
Two Bruin greats, Amy Acuff (HJ) and Joanna Hayes (100m hurdles) also won their events in Munich. Acuff jumped 6-6.75, becoming the sixth women's high jumper in the world this season to reach that height (her personal-best is 6-7). Hayes won her event in a wind-aided (+2.1) mark of 12.61.
On Friday (Aug. 6) another tune-up meet was held in Zurich, Switzerland. Hayes placed fifth (12.69) in the 100m hurdles and Acuff was third (6-5.50) in the high jump.
In Athens, Greece, the Olympic track & field competition starts on Wednesday, Aug. 18 and goes through Sunday, Aug. 29. For complete events and TV schedules, please go to www.usatf.org