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Golden West Invitational at Folsom High on Saturday

By: Staff Report
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The 49th annual adidas Golden West Track and Field Invitational is set for Saturday at Folsom High School. Five hundred of the nation’s top high school track and field athletes in the country will compete at this year's adidas Golden West Invitational. More than 150 past participants of this meet have gone on to represent the United States in Olympic competition with 40 of them winning gold medals. This list includes names like Steve Prefontaine, Jim Ryun, Bob Beamon, Tommie Smith, Jeremy Wairner, Evelyn Ashford, Allyson Felix, Marion Jones, Monique Henderson and Stacey Dragila just to name a few. In addition to Olympic glory, many of these athletes have had stellar NFL football careers including Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, who threw the javelin in high school, and fellow members in the Hall of Fame Lynn Swann, Mel Renfo and Art Monk. Former NFL stars, Bob Hayes and Michael Carter, who stills holds the National and Golden West meet record in the shot put, also competed in the invitational. This year’s crop of great athletes will include two-time defending mile champion Jordan Hasay of California, who as a junior in high school has already qualified to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials. In addition to Hasay, Christian Taylor of Georgia will challenge in three events. Christian leads the country in the long jump and triple jump and is in the top-five in the U.S. at 400 meters. Anastasia Jelmini of California is the nation's leader in the discus and will also compete in the shot put where she ranks in the top five. Also competing in the shot is the Nation's leader for boys, Jordan Clarke from Alaska. Locally, Morgan Pugh and Mike Starr of Folsom High School will compete in the girls’ 800 meters and boys’ pole vault, respectively. Vista del Lago’s Marissa Mendez will compete in the freshman girls’ mile, while Oak Ridge athletes include Benji Xie in the freshman boys’ mile, Amjed and Feross Aboukhadijeh in the mile, Timery Mueller in the long jump, Aislynn Mueller in the hurdles. Ponderosa's Derek Masterson will compete in the pole vault. The hammer and javelin will take place at 8 a.m. while the running events and the rest of the field events will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the stadium for $10 for adults and $5 for students with kids under 14 getting in free. For those wishing to see the action up close and personal, you can volunteer and receive a free meet T-shirt. Contact the USA Track & Field office in Folsom at PAUSATF@aol.com or call 983-4715. The meet is organized and sanction by the Pacific Association of USA Track & Field, the governing body for Track and Field in the United States.