June 15, 1996 |
Reputation means so little in the intensely competitive world of 100-meter sprinters in the United States that it would have been no surprise Friday if either the men's world-record holder or the women's defending Olympic champion had failed to survive the first two rounds on the opening day of the Olympic track and field trials. There should be some qualification here. Both Leroy Burrell, who set the world record at 9.
May 1, 1988 |
Gail Devers said that the last time she competed at the Coliseum, she left in tears. Her mood was considerably upbeat Saturday as the multi-talented female athlete won three events and ran legs on two winning relay teams in leading UCLA to an 82-54 victory over USC. As expected, the UCLA men's team beat USC, 97-66. Bruin Coach Bob Larsen kept the score down by not running his star athletes in some of their best events.
May 29, 1988 |
There was still another twist to the plot involving Gail Devers and Jackie Joyner-Kersee in their ongoing assault on the women's American record in the 100-meter hurdles. They've been exchanging the record recently, and it was Joyner-Kersee's turn to improve on Devers' time of 12.61 seconds set a week ago Saturday in the Pacific 10 Conference track and field meet at UCLA. Joyner-Kersee couldn't break the record Saturday, so she did the next best thing.
August 4, 1996 |
You know how men can be, so catty and difficult to get along with in a group. So prone to petty jealousies that can damage the fabric of a team. The soap opera that engulfed the U.S. sprinters--Will Carl Lewis run? Is Leroy Burrell faking his injury?--led to a silver medal in the 400-meter relay, the first time an American men's team has lost an Olympic race it has finished.
May 15, 1987 |
Gail Devers is thankful for her name. "I'm glad my mother gave me a regular name instead of one like hers, Alavee, or like my brother, Parenthesis," said Devers, a UCLA junior who is a product of San Diego's Sweetwater High School. Devers is making a name for herself as a multitalented Bruin track star.
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.
February 23, 1986
UCLA's John Frazier won the hammer throw with a toss of 195 feet 4 inches and the shotput with an effort of 60-10 as the Bruins easily defeated San Diego State and Cal State Los Angeles in a double-dual track and field meet Saturday at UCLA's Drake Stadium. UCLA freshmen Henry Thomas, Danny Everett and Brandon Everett all scored wins in their outdoor debuts. Thomas won the 100 in 10.42, Everett won the 200 in 20.83 and Richards won the pole vault by clearing 16-6.
March 6, 1988 |
It was an early outdoor season meet, one of those that creates more sore muscles than sore losers. UCLA's Gail Devers was no different from most. She strapped ice bags to both calves with Ace bandages as soon as she was finished running the 100-meter hurdles at the Aztec Invitational Saturday at Balboa Stadium. Both Devers and her coach, Bob Kersee, saw the soreness in her calves as a good sign.
May 3, 1986 |
Some track athletes fidget and fuss and waste a lot of nervous energy while they're waiting for their one event. UCLA's Gail Devers doesn't have that problem. She knows that she'll be busy the entire afternoon. Devers, a 5-3, 122-pound sophomore, is practically in perpetual motion. She could compete in as many as eight events today in the UCLA-USC men's and women's dual track and field meet at the Coliseum. "It makes the meet more interesting that way," Devers said.
May 28, 1987 |
UCLA's Gail Devers may have been overlooked in the past because teammate Jackie Joyner-Kersee winner of the Sullivan Award as the world's finest female athlete--was breaking track records. Joyner-Kersee returned from the 1984 Olympics with a silver medal in the heptathlon during Devers' first season at UCLA. Sure, Devers made the school's all-time list that year for her 59.26 in the 400 hurdles and 23.12 in the 200 meters. She also anchored a few of the school's fastest 4x100-meter relay teams.