UCLA Men to Compete in the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee T & F Invitational Friday/Saturday

March 31, 2003

UCLA will host the first annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational on Friday/Saturday (April 4-5) at Drake Stadium. The meet will highlight some of the nation's top professional and collegiate athletes.

Johnson and Joyner-Kersee are two of the greatest Bruin athletes in history. Johnson won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. As a Bruin, he was an all-around track & field athlete under Ducky Drake and a two-year (1958-59) letterman in basketball under John Wooden. Johnson is the director of the Southern California Special Olympics.

Joyner-Kersee is the world record-holder in the heptathlon (7,291), American record-holder in the long jump (24-7) and was named by Sports Illustrated for Women the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. In Olympic competition, JJK won six medals, including three gold (1992 heptathlon/1988 heptathlon-long jump). As a Bruin, JJK was a two-time 1982-83 national collegiate champion in the heptathlon and a four-year (1980-83, 1984-85) starter on the UCLA women's basketball team.

Rafer Johnson/JJK Invitational
World-class athletes competing include - Bruin great John Godina, who recently placed second in the shot put at the 2003 World Indoor meet; former USC standout Felix Sanchez, running for the Dominican Republic, who for the last two years has been ranked No. 1 in the world in the 400m hurdles; Tyree Washington, the 2003 World and USA Indoor 400m champion and Eunice Barber, competing for France, who in 1999 won the world heptathlon crown.

Bruin standouts also competing include - junior Lena Nilsson, who recently won the 800m at the 2003 NCAA Indoor; senior Chaniqua Ross, the 2002 NCAA Outdoor discus champion; sophomore Jessica Cosby, the 2002 NCAA Outdoor shot put champion, senior Scott Wiegand, the 2002 Pac-10 shot put champion and junior Dan Ames, who recently earned All-American honors in both the shot put and 35lb. weight throw at the 2003 NCAA Indoor. Last weekend (March 28-30), the Bruin men competed at the Stanford Invitational.

Bruin Men
Stanford Invitational
UCLA was led by sophomore Erik Emilsson, who placed fourth in the 3000m steeplechase, with a time of 8:50.32. It was Emilsson's second-best time in the steeplechase, the No. 8 mark in school history and a NCAA Regional qualifier. Also in the steeplechase, senior Justin Patananan placed 10th, with a season-best and NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 9:05.03.

In the 800m, sophomore Martell Mungia placed sixth, winning his heat in a time of 1:51.41 (outdoor personal-best).


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Apr 01
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
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Friday, Apr 01
vs. The Legends Distance ...
Los Angeles, CA
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Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
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Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Rafer Johnson/Jackie ...
Los Angeles, CA
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vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
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Friday, Apr 15
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
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vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
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Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Texas A&M
Los Angeles, CA
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vs. Olympic Training ...
Chula Vista, CA
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vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
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Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
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Sunday, May 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
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Saturday, May 07
vs. Occidental ...
Eagle Rock, CA
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vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
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Sunday, May 08
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
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Saturday, May 14
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
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Sunday, May 15
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
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Thursday, May 26
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Suspended
Friday, May 27
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
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Saturday, May 28
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
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Wednesday, Jun 08
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
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Thursday, Jun 09
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
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Friday, Jun 10
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
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vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
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