PROVO Preston Perry had the fastest time in the 100-meter dash on Friday but that wasn't enough to satisfy him.
Perry's mark of 10.23 at the High Performance Sprint and Power meet on Friday was good enough for the Olympic "B" standard, but 0.02 seconds slower than the "A" standard, which is required if an athlete wants to make the Olympic team.
He was much happier with his performances the next day.
Perry raced the 100-meter dash twice again Saturday, hitting the "A" standard both times. In the morning, Perry finished with a mark of 10.18. Then, in the afternoon, he finished even better with a mark of 10.04.
Perry's mark of 10.04 was the seventh-fastest time in the world and the second fastest in the U.S.
"I was just trying to execute," an exhausted Perry said after the second race. "I had a shaky day Friday. I had a bad start and a weak finish."
Julien Dunkley, Carlos Moore and Philip DeRosier also hit the "A" standard in the 100-meter dash Saturday with times of 10.07, 10.10 and 10.20 respectively.
Moore also hit the "A" standard in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.36.
According to Moore, the reputation of the track had a lot to do with his success.
"I do like this track," Moore said with a grin. "It's got history. When other people run fast, it gives you more confidence."
On the women's side of the 100-meter dash, three more athletes hit the "A" standard Mechelle Lewis (11.19), 2004 Olympian LaShauntea Moore (11.26) and Hasani Roseby (11.29).
Lewis, a 27-year-old who graduated from the University of South Carolina, was all smiles after her performance.
"It's a good start to the season," Lewis said. "Everyone who is an Olympic athlete lives for the moment when they can represent their country."
Lewis will have a chance to do just that next month when she heads off to the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., to compete for a spot on the Olympic team.
Athletes hoping to make the Olympic team need to both hit the "A" standard and finish in the top three at the trials. In the 200-meter dash, Ebonie Floyd, Moore and Adrienne Power all hit the "A" standard Saturday. Floyd, who outran 2004 Olympic gold medalist Monique Hennagan and also hit the "A" standard in the 400-meter dash on Friday, won the event with a mark of 22.81, slightly edging Moore (22.85) and Power (22.86).
Achieving the "A" standard appeared to be a lot more difficult in the field events where only Michelle Carter and Shani Marks did so. Carter set a new U.S. record in the women's shot put Saturday with a mark of 18.71 meters. Carter is the daughter of former Olympian Michael Carter, who won the silver medal in the 1984 Olympics. He also currently holds the high school record in the 12-pound shot put with his throw of 81 feet and 3 1/2 inches, which was set in 1979.