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Apr 15, 2004

Stars, Stats & Facts

Stars, Stats & Facts
(as of 15 April 2004)
The Basics:
The 2004 Home Depot Track & Field Invitational will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2004 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California, starting at noon. Additional information about The Home Depot Center, including driving directions, can be found at www.homedepotinvitational.com.

The meet will be the opening invitational of USA Track & Field's \"Golden Spike\" Series for 2004, with 14 elite events on the schedule and a prize purse of $140,000. The meet is sponsored by The Home Depot, ADT Security Services and adidas; USATF Golden Spike Tour sponsors include Verizon and Visa.

Tickets are $17, $25, and $40 for the small VIP section, available at all Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster's Charge-by-Phone network at (213) 480-3232, on-line at www.ticketmaster.com, at The Home Depot Center's box office and the box office at TEAM LA at Universal CityWalk. Group discounts of $4 per ticket are available for purchases of 10 or more tickets by calling toll free (866) LAGROUP
or a www.homedepotinvitational.com.
The Meet:
\"See Athens Before It Happens!\" This is Southern California's opportunity to watch Olympic and world champion track and field athletes before seeing them on television this summer in Athens, Greece. Elite competition will be held in 14 events:
.. Men's 100 m, 400 m, 1500 m, 110 m Hurdles, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Shot Put
.. Women's 100 m, 400 m, 1500 m, 100 m Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault, Discus Throw
Prize money will be available for six places in all of these events with $12,000 ($6,000-3,000-1,500-750-
500-250) for the 100 m, men's 1500 m, women's 100 m Hurdles, women's Pole Vault and men's Shot
Put and $8,500 ($4,000-2,000-1,000-750-500-250) for the 400 m, men's 110 m Hurdles, Pole Vault and Long Jump and women's 1500 m, High Jump and Discus.
The meet will begin at noon with a parade of Olympians representing Games since Los Angeles in 1932, and include Olympic Development races in the 800 m and 400 m Hurdles for men and women. Rich Perelman serves as Meet Director and Bruce Tenen is the elite athlete coordinator.
The Stars:
More than three dozen Olympians from a dozen or more nations will appear in head-to-head competition
on the HDC's superfast nine-lane, Mondo Super-X track. Some of these athletes include:
.. 100 m - Maurice Greene, 2000 Olympic gold medalist, 1997-99-2001 World Champ, former
world-record holder, and last year's Home Depot Invitational winner against Olympic Trials favorite
Justin Gatlin and World Champs 4 x 100 m gold-winning anchor J.J. Johnson.
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Men (cont.):
.. 400 m - Five sub-45 second quartermilers, all contenders for Olympic berths, led by former NCAA
champion (for USC) Jerome Davis, World Champs 4 x 400 relay gold medalist Derrick Brew and
Jamaican bronze winner Brandon Simpson.
.. 1500 m - American champion Jason Lunn faces 2001's mile sensation Alan Webb and 2-time U.S.
champ Seneca Lassiter.
.. 110 m H - Terrance Trammell, 2000 Olympic silver medalist and Mark Crear, 1996 Olympic
silver medalist and 2000 bronze medalist vs. newcomer and 2003 NCAA champion (for USC) Ryan
.. PV - Seven 19-footers, possibly for the first time in a U.S. meet! American record-holder Jeff
Hartwig (19-9¼), 2001 World Champ Dmitri Markov of Australia (19-10¼), 2000 Olympic champ
Nick Hysong (19-4¼) and four more!
.. LJ - Defending champ Hussein Al-Sabee (Saudi Arabia) will be challenged by world-ranked 28-
footer Miguel Pate.
.. SP - Olympic favorite and 2004 World Indoor Champion Christian Cantwell faces 2000 Olympic
silver winner Adam Nelson and . . . The Still Unknown (but 2004 World Indoor silver medalist)
Shot Putter!
.. 100 m - 2000 Olympic bronze winner Tanya Lawrence (Jamaica) faces 4-time NCAA champ (for
USC) Angela Williams.
.. 400 m - The NCAA champion Barber twins, Lisa and Miki, duel for the role of favorites to make
the U.S. Olympic team.
.. 1500 m - 2002 U.S. 800 champ Nicole Teter says she wants to make the U.S. Olympic team in the
1500 also, she will have to prove it against North Carolina star Shalayne Flanagan and 2000
Olympian Shayne Culpepper.
.. 100 m H - superstar Gail Devers against 2003 NCAA and World Champion, Perdita Felicien
.. HJ - America's best: former UCLA star (and model) Amy Acuff (6-6¾) against Tisha Waller (6-6¾)
.. PV - Can UCLA soph Chelsea Johnson (collegiate record 15-0) match up against Olympic Team
favorites Mary Sauer (15-3), Kellie Suttle (15-1) and Canadian champion Stephanie McCann?
.. DT - Former Bruin star Suzy Powell (227-10) vs. four-time U.S. discus champ Seilala Sua (216-2)
and 1996 Olympian (and last year's winner) Aretha Hill (215-3).
Media information:
Media should contact Jan Fambro at (310) 826-2962 or at [email protected].
Media credentials are required.
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