The U.S. women's 400-meter relay team couldn't even beat itself, while Kim Gallagher and Steve Scott scored impressive victories Saturday in a pre-Olympic track and field meet at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
Mike Marsh, Gail Devers-Roberts and Ben Plucknett won two events each.Henry Marsh, the American record-holder in the 3,000 steeplechase, won a 2,000-meter steeplechase in 5:35.0.
The relay team of Jennifer Inniss, Alice Brown, Florence Griffith Joyner and Evelyn Ashford tried twice without success to complete the first pass.
But in both "races," in which the United States was the only team, Inniss and Brown, the first two runners, were unable to complete the baton pass in the zone.
"I would liked to have run a relay before we go into Japan," said Griffith Joyner, the world record-holder in the women's 100-meter dash. "But we'll get to run it there (when the team gets there this week)."
"I'm in very good shape and pleased with my progress," Ashford said. "Despite today, our real relay will be very hard to beat in Seoul. I'm comfortable with my position in the relay."
This, however, was not the U.S. first team for the Seoul Games. Either Brown or Sheila Echols will run the first leg, followed by Gwen Torrence, Griffith Joyner and Ashford.
For Griffith Joyner and Ashford, the relay was their only scheduled event of the day in this final Olympic tuneup in the United States for the entire team. So neither got to run.
Only one more meet is scheduled - in Japan - before the track and field competition begins at the Games Sept. 23.