Bad pass DQs Jones' 800 relay team

Updated: April 25, 2005, 3:09 PM ET
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- John Capel beat Maurice Greene in the 100 meters, and Marion Jones' relay team was disqualified in the Kansas Relays on Saturday.

Capel won the 100 in 10.10, with Greene finishing third.

"I have never started that well in my life," Capel said. "It is a great start to the season for me to beat Maurice."

Mark Jelks was second, with both Jelks and Greene timed in 10.15.

"It went as I expected," said Greene, a Kansas City, Kan., native. "I didn't feel as well as I wanted too. I'm a competitor and I never like to lose."

Capel pointed to the crowd the way Greene does after a victory.

"Have you ever seen that guy celebrate?" Capel said. "The one thing I have seen from Maurice is his swagger. It is all about how you approach the race."

In the 400 relay, the team of Capel, Greene, Leonard Scott, and Kaaron Conwright won in 39.24.

"I'm glad to get one win," Greene said. "The most important thing was to give the fans a show. I think they were pleased."

Jones' 800 relay team was disqualified after the event because of a poor handoff between LaShinda Demus and Stephanie Durst.

"We don't train together," Jones said. "The first time we worked on handoffs, it was in a fieldhouse here on campus."

Jones ran the last leg and had an unofficial split of 23.4 seconds.

"I felt good," said Jones, who finished last in the 400 in the Mount SAC Relays in California last week. "I felt powerful on the back stretch. I'm injury free."

Muna Lee was an easy winner in the women's 100, finishing in 11.10 to break the meet record of 11.18 set by Merlene Ottey in 1982.

"This was just a test run," said Lee, who attended Central High School in Kansas City, Mo. "I was mainly focused on my start. I am just trying to have fun."

Dominique Arnold won the 110 hurdles in a meet-record 13.33, Matt Hemingway took the high jump at 7 feet, 2½ inches, and Leo Bookman won the 200 in 20.52.

Benson Chesang of Kansas won the men's invitational mile in 4:05.


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