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September 3, 2000
Craig Masback, CEO of USA Track and Field, likes to boast that Marion Jones "has the chance to be the first female international athlete to transcend sports . . . only three people have done that: Pele, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan" ("Just Do It," by Mike Penner, Aug. 6). Sorry, but that's one race where Jones won't be the first woman across the finish line. That distinction already belongs to the amazing Billie Jean King, who blazed trails in social change before Jones was even born.
At a time when track and field seems to be losing its popularity, an athletic booster club at Birmingham High in Van Nuys decided to establish a new national meet. The result was the National Scholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships held during the weekend at Birmingham. The meet, although not a huge success, had enough positives to encourage the group to try again next year. About 1,000 watched Sunday's finals, which featured sprinting sensation Marion Jones of Oxnard Rio Mesa.
July 11, 2004 | Lisa Dillman and Kelsie Smith, Times Staff Writers
Gary Hall Jr. appeared close to getting away from the mixed zone, the barrier separating reporters from swimmers at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Long Beach. But one topic kept him standing there: sprinter Marion Jones. Hall has long been critical of her actions during the BALCO controversy, saying Jones should be forthcoming about her testimony before a federal grand jury. His criticism took on a decided edge Saturday after the prelims of the 100-meter freestyle.
November 3, 1993
In something of an upset, Marion Jones finished second in Track & Field News magazine's voting for its 1993 high school female athlete of the year. Jones, a freshman at North Carolina, capped her high school career by winning the 100 meters, 200 and long jump for Thousand Oaks High in the state track championships in June, but she was edged by Amy Acuff of Corpus Christi, Tex., 172 points to 170, in the balloting among 18 track and field experts.
August 2, 2000 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Marion Jones continues to pile up victories in the women's sprints and, with Maurice Greene sidelined because of the hamstring injury suffered at the U.S. Olympic trials, Ato Boldon has been dominating the men's sprints. Jones, beginning her European tuneup for the Sydney Olympics, ran a wind-aided 10.68-second 100 meters for a victory Tuesday at the DN-Galan track meet at Stockholm. Boldon, a Trinidad native and former UCLA sprinter, won the 100 in 10.01 in a race marred by three false starts.
June 10, 1994 | JOHN ORTEGA
North Carolina Coach Dennis Craddock figured that big things were expected from Marion Jones during her freshman season, yet he failed to realize the enormity of those expectations until last week's NCAA championships at Boise State. Jones, a nine-time state champion at Rio Mesa and Thousand Oaks highs, earned All-American honors in four events--100 and 200 meters, long jump and 400 relay--in the meet, but most reporters posed the same questions to Craddock afterward. What happened to Jones?
September 6, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Marion Jones needed only 10.83 seconds to pocket more than $600,000 at Moscow on Saturday. That's how long it took her to win the 100 meters at the IAAF Grand Prix Finals on track and field's biggest payday, capping a spectacular, undefeated season. Jones also won the long jump about an hour earlier, improving to 35-0 for all her events in 1998.
February 15, 2008 | Todd Balf, Todd Balf is the author of the forthcoming "Major: A Black Athlete, A White Era, and the Fight to be the World's Fastest Human Being."
When track star Marion Jones surrenders March 11 to serve a six-month jail sentence at Federal Prison Camp Bryan near Austin, Texas, a parade of journalists will line up to write the "serves her right" story. From the instant she confessed in October to doping before the Sydney Games in 2000, the disdain for her has been loud and animated, with references to Jones as the "disgraced Olympian" or the "fallen superstar."
One memory of Marion Jones is indelibly etched in Thousand Oaks High Coach Chuck Brown's mind. It came in a first-round state playoff game this season against Rancho Bernardo. The Lancers trailed for most of the game but rallied and drew to within one point. Jones made a spinning reverse layup along the baseline that gave Thousand Oaks a lead it never relinquished and left onlookers gaping in wonder. "We were playing down there and their fans went wild," Brown said of the play.
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