Triple play for track star

Triple play for track star

Weariness couldn't prevent Marion Jones from becoming the first athlete in 50 years to win the women's 100 and 200 meters and long jump at the USA Track and Field Championships in New Orleans.

The 22-year-old Jones, who has become the world's most celebrated female athlete in the sport, completed the rare sweep Sunday by winning the 200 in 22.24 seconds while running into a headwind.

The time was the second-fastest of the year, and only Jones has run faster.

"I was exhausted," Jones said after her tiring weekend that included three races in the 100 and two in the 200 in hot and humid conditions. "I'm happy and relieved to come out in this heat and win all three events. I didn't feel any pressure."

Jones began her assault on the rare triple Saturday by winning the 100 and long jump.

Her time in the 100 was 10.72. Only she has run faster this year. Her winning effort in the long jump was 23 feet, 8 inches. Only she has jumped farther in 1998.

Former Illini Celena Mondie-Milner was fifth in the 200 at 23.09. Other ex-Illini to place: Tonya Williams, sixth in the 400 hurdles at 57.51; and Dean Starkey, third in the pole vault at 18-61/2.