|The U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials will determine the makeup of the menís and womenís U.S. teams for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece (Aug. 20-29). The top three finishers in each event qualify for the Olympic Games, provided the athletes have met the Olympic ďAĒ qualifying standards in their events.|
The United States traditionally fields the strongest teams in Olympic track and field, and this year will be no exception. Among the top names to watch in Sacramento are Marion Jones, winner of five Olympic medals in 2000; Stacy Dragila, the defending Olympic champion in the womenís pole vault; Gail Devers, the worldís fastest female hurdler and a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter dash; Allen Johnson, a three-time world champion in the high hurdles; Tim Montgomery and Maurice Greene, the fastest two 100-meter sprinters in history; and Tom Pappas, the world decathlon champion.
The 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials will be held July 9-18 at Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State campus. There is a two-day competition break in the middle of the event on July 13-14, meaning fans can soon choose either the first half of the meet (July 9-12) or the second half (July 15-18).
Finals are held on all eight days of competition. Those interested in purchasing four-day ticket packages for July 9-12 will see a tremendous variety of events, including finals in the menís and womenís 100 meters; menís pole vault; menís and womenís 400 hurdles; menís shot put; womenís 5,000 meters; and 10,000 meters.
The second half of the meet (July 15-18) includes finals in the menís steeplechase; menís and womenís 200 meters; womenís pole vault; menís 110-meter hurdles and womenís 100 hurdles; and menís and womenís 1,500 meters.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials Ė Track and Field 2004 Web Site