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18 TO WATCH IN 2000.

Mebrahtom Keflezighi

Sport: Distance runner

Local Tie: UCLA student

The Skinny: This four-time NCAA champ announced in April that he'll compete for the U.S. instead of his native Eritrea - probably in the 10,000.

Amy Skieresz

Sport: Distance runner

Local Tie: Former Thousand Oaks resident

The Skinny: A junior at Arizona, Skieresz has won back-to-back NCAA titles in the 5,000 and 10,000, but she hasn't committed to Sydney.

Angela Williams

Sport: Sprinter

Local Tie: Bound for USC

The Skinny: The Chino native was named Track and Field News' 1997 high school female athlete of the year and recently set the national high school 100 meters record.

Tyree Washington

Sport: Sprinter

Local Tie: Trains at UCLA

The Skinny: Washington, a 400-meter specialist from Chino Hills, beat Michael Johnson last year and has UCLA guru Jim Bush as his guide.

Seth Davidson

Sport: Baseball

Local Tie: USC student

The Skinny: A freshman shortstop, Davidson is a member of the U.S. national team and hit .333 for the Trojans in '98. If he stays four years, he'll be eligible in 2000.

Lindsay Benko

Sport: Swimming

Local Tie: USC student

The Skinny: Raised in Elkhart, Ind. - do not fear, Trojan fans, she hates Notre Dame - Benko may contend in the 100, 200 and 400-meter freestyle.

Keiko Price

Sport: Swimming

Local Tie: UCLA student

The Skinny: This Hawaii native and freestyle specialist is a member of U.S. Swimming's Project Sydney.

Len Krayzelburg

Sport: Swimming

Local Tie: Studio City resident, USC student

The Skinny: Krayzelburg, a native of Odessa, Ukraine, may be the nation's best backstroker.

Jeremy Pope

Sport: Water polo

Local Tie: Pepperdine student

The Skinny: Pope ``is an outstanding prospect, big, strong, with a live arm,'' according to former Olympic coach Rich Corso.

Marion Jones

Sport: Track and field

Local Tie: Attended Thousand Oaks High

The Skinny: Last month Jones became the first woman in 50 years to win the 100, 200 and long jump at the U.S. championships.

Seilala Sua

Sport: Thrower

Local Tie: UCLA student

The Skinny: A native of Cooper City, Fla., Sua won her second consecutive NCAA shot put title in May. She's not bad in the discus and hammer, either.

Kobe Bryant

Sport: Basketball

Local Tie: Lakers guard

The Skinny: Kobe says he'd be honored to participate if invited, but the competition for Dream Team III will be fierce.

Tina Thompson

Sport: Basketball

Local Tie: Attended USC

The Skinny: Thompson was the first pick in the 1997 WNBA Draft (Houston Comets) and earned first-team all-league honors as a rookie.

Kara Milling

Sport: Volleyball

Local Tie: UCLA student

The Skinny: Milling, an outside hitter, is touring Europe with the national team after a successful tryout this spring.

Dain Blanton

Sport: Beach volleyball

Local Tie: Attended Pepperdine

The Skinny: Tremendous talent, but with only four slots available Blanton may get bumped by the old guard. If so, his sights are on 2004.

Tawny Bahn

Sport: Table tennis

Local Tie: Alhambra resident

The Skinny: Bahn's chances for Sydney depend on which foreign players gain U.S. citizenship before the 2000 trials, according to former Olympian Wei Wang.

Adam Johnson

Sport: Beach volleyball

Local Tie: Attended USC

The Skinny: Currently teamed with Karch Kiraly on the pro circuit, Johnson has a chance for one of the four U.S. slots. His competition? Blanton.

Vanessa Atler

Sport: Gymnastics

Local Tie: Canyon Country resident

The Skinny: Atler, just 16, is the reigning national co-champion and a heavy favorite to make the Sydney team. She'll defend her title in Indianapolis this month.

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16 Photos

PHOTO (1) Mebrahtom Keflezighi

(2) Angela Williams

(3) Amy Skieresz

(4) Seth Davidson

(5) Lindsay Benko

(6) Len Krayzelburg

(7) Keiko Price

(8) Marion Jones

(9) Seilala Sua

(10) Kobe Bryant

(11) Tina Thompson

(12) Kara Milling

(13--Color) Marion Jones waves to the crowd Aug. 8 after winning the 100 meter race with a time of 10.72 seconds at the Herculis track and field meet in Monaco.

Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press

(14--Color) USC's Seth Davidson, celebrating with a teammate, will be eligible for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney if he remains an amateur.

Daily News File Photo

(15--Color) Kobe Bryant faces tough competition to make the U.S. basketball team.

Daily News File Photo

(16--Color) Vanessa Atler, 16, of Canyon Country practices at Charter Oaks Gymnastics in Covina. She is a heavy favorite to make the U.S. team for the Sydney Olympics.

John Lazar/Daily News
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Date:Aug 10, 1998
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