Carl Lewis overcame a slow start to win the 100-meter dash and Utah's Julie Jenkins ran away from the field in the 800-meter run in Sunday's Pepsi Invitational Sunday.
Lewis clocked a so-so 10.13 in thewas disappointing for the 7,520 fans at UCLA's Drake Stadium. For Lewis, however, the time was secondary to the form he showed in bolting past Brian Cooper in his third race of the year.Lewis clocked a so-so 10.13 in running down Brian Cooper, who clocked 10.18. Cooper, who won the American indoor title at 60 meters this year, was first out of the blocks and held a sizeable lead before Lewis chased him down at about 40 meters. "I was determined to run a smooth race, this being my second `pure' race of the season," said Lewis.
"I wanted to stay relaxed and if he (ooper) could keep out there, that's good for him, if not, that's good for me. I could have reacted to the gun a little better at the start, but I was able to come up and get the job done."
Lewis actually was competing in his third race of the season, but in his first at Walnut, Calif., the quadruple Olympic gold medalist was confused at the start and he placed fifth.
In his other race, Lewis timed what was then a season-best 10.05.
Lewis has committed to long jumping and running the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials, but will not race in the 200 unless officials alter the scheduling at the Olympics. Lewis says the long jump and the 200 are slated to begin too close to one another.
Elsewhere in the Pepsi meet, Julie Jenkins, the former NCAA champion from BYU and Plain City, continued her unbeaten streak, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.59. It is the fastest time in the nation this year and just .07 off her personal record. Jenkins beat her nearest competition by nearly three seconds.
Utah's Henry Marsh wasn't quite so fortunate. The seven-time defending U.S. steeplechase champion finished fifth in the Pepsi meet with a time of 8:36 - which left him well behind Kenya's Julius Kariuki (:21.96). "I was up all night before the race with chills and a fever," Marsh told the Deseret News. "I've been sick a lot this year. I've got to get well before I start up again. The important thing is that I'm ready for the Trials."
Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom overtook two-time World champion Greg Foster midway through the 110-meter hurdles and won in 13.30.
Foster, the former UCLA star who finished second to Kingdom at the '84 Olympics, clocked a 13.39.
Willie Banks won the triple jump with a leap of 55-31/2, and Roddie Haley timed 44.76 in the men's 400 meters.
In other track competition Sunday, Doug Padilla, the former BYU All-American who lives in Orem, finished second in the 5,000-meter run at an international meet in Canada. Padilla clocked 13:32.81 to finish just behind American Terry Braham (3:32.46).