Feb. 9, 2004
NEW YORK - A big crowd brought out big performances, including three meet records, Friday (Feb. 13) at the Verizon Millrose Games, the second stop on USA Track & Field's Golden Spike Tour.
A robust crowd of 14,154 fans - a 70-percent increase over 2003 - turned out to Madison Square Garden to witness an outstanding, 97th edition of the Verizon Millrose Games. The athletes did not disappoint as Allen Johnson (7.43, 60m hurdles) and Bruin great Gail Devers broke meet records and Christian Cantwell (69-9.75, shot put) joined the due on turning in world-leading performances, while Marion Jones (7.21, 60m) won her first competition.
As is her custom, Devers made the women's 60-meter hurdles virtually a one-woman race. The three-time world outdoor 100m hurdles champion seized the lead and continued on to post a world-leading time of 7.76 seconds, just .02 off her American record and beating her own Verizon Millrose Games record. Reigning world outdoor champion Perdita Felicien of Canada was second in 7.94.
"It was a sloppy race," Devers said. "When I see the film, I know I'm going to be upset. I felt wild. I hit a hurdle. My start didn't feel in control at all. But I'm harder on myself than anybody else has been and will be. I ran faster than I've run this year so far. In previous years, I could tell you I'm going to the Olympic Games, but I can't tell you that right now. I came back because I had so many fans who wanted me to come back."
Tisha Waller won her eighth career Verizon Millrose Games title in the women's high jump, taking the competition with a clearance of 6-3.50. Two-time champion, Bruin great Amy Acuff, also cleared 6-3.50, but placed second due to having more misses than Waller.
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