Brian Cooper held off a hard-charging Ron Brown to win the men's 100 meters and Jackie Joyner-Kersee tied the American record in the 100 meters hurdles Saturday at the Bruce Jenner Classic, the opener of the Grand Prix track and field season.
Brown, a former wide receiver who retired last month after regaining his IAAF eligibility, raced in the 100 meters for the first time since the 1984 Olympic finals, where he placed fourth."I'm feeling okay," Brown said. "This race served its purpose. I wanted to see where I stood before the Pepsi (Invitational in Los Angeles) meet next week."
Cooper finished in a time of 10.22 while Brown crossed the tape in 10.27.
"I did get any acceleration on my start," Brown said. "I was going to run off (Harvey) Glance, but I didn't know he had a virus. When he did not accelerate, I kind of let up."
"When I was at 60 meters I was losing," Brown said. "I was losing badly. I started counting shirts and there were six in front of me. But I was happy with the way I finished."
Orem's Doug Padilla finished second in the 3,000 meters behind Terry Brahm, who posted a time of 8:00.04. Padilla's time was 8:01.02.