June 15, 1996 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
May 25, 1993 |
Coach Bob Kersee, who helped build UCLA's women's track team into one of the nation's most successful, resigned Monday to devote more time to coaching his wife, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and gold medalist Gail Devers. Jeanette Bolden, an Olympic gold-medal winner and former Bruin All-American sprinter, will succeed Kersee as head coach after next month's NCAA championships. Bolden is in her second season as a Bruin assistant.
February 19, 1987
The UCLA women's and men's track teams will open their seasons Saturday in triangulars with Cal State Los Angeles and San Diego State at Drake Stadium. The women will begin at noon and the men at 1. UCLA men's Coach Bob Larsen has 25 lettermen, including 6 All-Americans, returning from a squad that was 9-0 in dual meets and named the nation's top team for such competition by Track and Field News. The Bruins finished eighth at the NCAA meet. They have won 20 consecutive dual meets dating to 1984.