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February 18, 1994 | EARL GUSTKEY
Olympic champion Gail Devers pulled out of the 50-meter dash in Saturday's Sunkist track meet at the Sports Arena because new indoor world record-holder Irina Privalova was added to the field, said Al Franken, the event's director. Franken said Devers' representatives, Debra and Wallace Anderson, wanted more money for their runner when they learned Privalova would run. Devers, named 1993 U.S. women's track athlete of the year, won the women's 100-meter dash in the 1992 Olympics at Barcelona.
The UCLA men's and women's track programs will be combined, beginning next year, in an effort to cut costs and comply with new NCAA restrictions regarding coaches. Judy Holland, UCLA senior associate athletic director, said Thursday that she had been examining such a move for two years, but that NCAA legislation enacted last year made the merger imperative. The new rules, effective Aug. 1, allow only four full-time coaches per sport, along with two part-time assistants and two volunteer coaches.
June 15, 1996 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
A gifted female track star overcoming a near-tragic illness to win Olympic gold is a compelling true-life story. Sunday's TV dramatization, "Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story," lacks the depth to be as compelling, but Charlayne Woodard in the title role and Louis Gossett Jr. as her tough coach are a class act.
April 26, 1992 | MATT FARMER
Spectators came to UC Irvine Saturday afternoon expecting to see world-class performances. What they saw was a World Class show. Bob Kersee, coach of the Westwood-based World Class Athletic Club, saw his five athletes--Tonya Sedwick, Janeene Vickers, Gail Devers, Dannette Young and Jackie Joyner-Kersee--run away with four individual victories and sweep the day's two relays.
August 3, 1986 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
Bob Kersee the coach and Bob Kersee the husband were having an argument Saturday night. Kersee's athlete/wife, Jackie Joyner, was going to have to experience no small amount of pain in the 800 meters in order to break her own world record in the heptathlon. So even as Joyner was running to a world record of 7,161 points, Kersee had a raging interior argument. "This is the first time that the husband and the coach were battling," Kersee said. "I was tired, and I knew she had to be.
June 16, 1990 | From Associated Press
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, competing in her first open long jump competition since winning the 1988 Olympic gold medal, had the best performance by an American this year during qualifying at the USA/Mobil National Track and Field Championships Friday at Cerritos College in Norwalk. Joyner-Kersee, the American record-holder, leaped 22 feet 9 inches on her first attempt in leading the qualifying for Saturday's final. "I was surprised," Joyner-Kersee said. "I was not looking for that distance today."
September 25, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Jackie Joyner-Kersee barely had time to savor her Olympic gold medal and latest heptathlon world record Saturday before her coach and husband, Bob Kersee, began pointing her toward the long-jump competition, which begins with qualifying Wednesday. Asked if Joyner-Kersee could recover from the grueling heptathlon, as well as nagging tendinitis in her left knee, in time for the long jump, Kersee called her the Rambo of women athletes.
May 29, 1985
Versatile Jackie Joyner could compete in as many as seven events in an effort to lead UCLA's women to the team title in the NCAA track and field meet that begins today in Austin, Tex. Joyner actually qualified for eight events, but she didn't compete in the heptathlon, which concluded Tuesday. The Olympic silver medalist in the heptathlon, Joyner passed the event in order to take part in as many open events as possible.
September 2, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY
Danny Harris, whose promising career as an intermediate hurdler was interrupted first by dependency on cocaine and then by track and field's bureaucratic red tape, seems virtually certain to have his suspension by the International Amateur Athletic Federation lifted, enabling him to return to competition next year.
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