Wearing a solid white track outfit, Marion Jones passed her first test -- albeit unimpressively -- at the U.S. Olympic trials in track and field in the quarterfinals of the 100 meters tonight, advancing to Saturday's semifinals but doing it with a second-place finish.
Running into a stiff headwind, Jones was overtaken by LaTasha Colander over the last 20 meters and was clocked in 11.38 seconds, slow for an elite sprinter, let alone a five-time Olympic medal winner. Colander finished in 11.35. Angela Williams, who had an early lead in the heat, finished third in 11.47.
In the second of four heats, Chryste Gaines, one of four athletes facing a lifetime ban for alleged drug violations, also advanced, finishing second in her heat with a time of 11.39. Inger Miller finished first in 11.28. Should Gaines win a position on the Olympic team by finishing in the top three in the finals, she may have to relinquish the spot, depending on the outcome of her pending arbitration hearing.
Jones also will compete in the 200 and long jump at the eight-day trials. She declined to comment after the race. Lauryn Williams, a junior at the University of Miami, ran an 11.13, the night's fastest time.
In the Long Run
In tonight's only final, Meb Keflezighi, the 2000 Olympic trials champion, and Abdi Abdirahman, the 2001 U.S. champion, ran together for the first 18 laps of the 10,000 meters before Keflezighi made a move and ran away with the race.
Keflezighi, who finished second in the Olympic trials marathon in February, sprinted the last lap to finish in 27 minutes 36.49 seconds to break an Olympic trials record set in 1980 (27:45.61 by Craig Virgin). Abdirahman finished in 27:55.00.
At the halfway point, Dan Browne, who also qualified in the marathon, fell out of the lead pack but still claimed third in 28.07.47. Because all three have achieved the Olympic "A" qualifying standard, all will go to the Aug. 13-29 Summer Games in Athens. . . .
Elsewhere, pole-vaulter Jeff Hartwig, who endured heartbreak at the trials four years ago when he failed to qualify despite being the event favorite, met with disappointment again tonight. The American-record holder, Hartwig failed in three attempts to clear a qualifying height and was eliminated.
He is now 0 for 7 in qualifying attempts here at the Olympic Trials.
Hartwig went down tonight with plenty of drama. After two missed jumps, he was called for a time violation. He issued a protest, was given a provisional jump, missed that; then his protest was denied. The result: Hartwig, a 1996 Olympian, missed out on the Olympic team again.
"I said after 2000, the Olympics is what I do for a living," Hartwig said. "The Olympics is a very small part of that. It's something that happens every four years . . . I was fortunate to go to the Olympics once. I'll cherish that forever." . . .
Gar-Field High's Sheena Johnson advanced in today's 400-meter hurdles, posting the fourth-best time of 55.64 seconds. Sandra Glover led all qualifiers with a time of 54.52. . . .
Upper Marlboro's Tiombe Hurd, the 2001 outdoor champ in the triple jump, easily advanced in today's qualifying round, jumping 45 feet 103/4 inches, second-best among qualifiers. . . .
Shayne Culpepper, whose husband, Alan, has secured an Olympic team spot in the marathon, advanced to the final of the 5,000 in 15:54.74 . . .
Georgetown grad Bryan Woodward failed to qualify in the men's 800 tonight, finishing eighth of nine runners in his heat in 1:50.96.