Date: August 17, 2000
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W&L's Tucker Wins USA Track & Field National Championship
Head Men's Cross Country and Women's Track Coach Prevails in Oregon

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Head Men's Cross Country and Women's Track coach John Tucker won the national championship in the pentathlon at the USA Track & Field Master's Championships held on August 10 in Eugene, Ore.

Tucker, a 1977 W&L graduate, finished first of 15 competitors in the 50-54 age group, defeating two previous national pentathlon champions and current U.S. decathlon champion Alan Russell.

"I am just elated to have won this event," said Tucker who will enter his 13th year as a coach at W&L. "It was just awesome to have defeated the caliber of athletes that I was competing against. It's very satisfying."

The pentathlon consists of five different events, the long jump, javelin, discus, 200-meters, and 1,500-meters. Tucker amassed a total of 3560 points in the competition, five points more than Russell, who finished in second place.

Tucker had finished second in the pentathlon at the championships in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1999.


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