A defending Olympic women’s discus throw gold medalist and a high school superstar will be among the featured attractions this weekend at College of San Mateo, which plays host to the last major pre-Olympic track and field competition in Northern California.
The USA Track & Field national development Pacific Championship meet will have a full schedule of open and master’s competition Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m. The event is open free to the public.
Trinity Wilson of St. Mary’s (Berkeley), the nation’s top-ranked girls track and field athlete of 2011, is scheduled to return to competition in her first 100 meter hurdles race in nearly two months on CSM’s fast Mondo track.
Former American discus record holder Suzy Powell-Roos will face new record holder and Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Brown Trafton for the first time since Brown Trafton took the record away in Maui at the beginning of the month. Also entered in the international field is Yanbo Yang of China, ranked among the top dozen throwers in the world.
Two-time Olympian Ian Waltz, the reigning U.S. Olympic Trials champion, and current U.S. leader Russ Winger head a large elite men’s field.
The Wilson Report:
Sidelined almost two months with a toe injury, Wilson hopes to begin a late comeback on Sunday, despite missing all of her high school’s championship competition.
The 2011 World Youth Champion and top track athlete on USA TODAY’s 2011 All-USA high school team, posted a than national-leading time of 13.41 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles in the prelims of the Stanford Invitational in early April. The injury kept her out of a finals match-up, however, with eventual winner and training partner (at Laney College) Sasha Wallace, a junior at Holy Names (Oakland, Calif.).
Wilson’s best time of 13.15, as a junior, was an age 16 record and is an Olympic Trials “B” qualifier. (Her final race against high school competition will likely be at the Golden West (national) Invitational in Folsom, Calif., on June 9.)
Wilson and Wallace are coached by Curtis Taylor of Laney College and train together at the Oakland campus along with 2010 national girls track and field athlete of the year Ashton Purvis – who led Laney to the California Community College Athletic Association Championship last week.
Wilson has been running and conditioning regularly but had not been able to hurdle until this week. “She went over her first flight of hurdles on Wednesday,” said Taylor. “She was rusty.”
CSM’s international throwing ring on the far side of College Heights Stadium captures “perfect” quartering winds off the hill and has long been a favorite of world-ranked athletes. Brown Trafton got her previous personal best of 217 feet, 2 inches at CSM in 2009, following her tremendous upset victory at Beijing in 2008. In Maui this month, Brown Trafton finally improved upon that mark, hitting 222-3 to erase Powell’s American Record of 222-0 set in 2007.
Powell finished ahead of Brown Trafton at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials to make her third Olympic team. But Brown Trafton lofted the winning throw in Beijing on her first attempt for the USA’s first women’s discus gold medal in 76 years.
Sunday’s entrants hold five of the top eight USA marks this season: 1. Brown Trafton (222-3), 2. Gia Lewis-Smallwood (209-10), 5.Summer Pierson (199-4), 6. Suzy Powell-Roos (198-11), 8. Jere Summers (195-6).
San Mateo’s elite facilities have also seen an American Record in the women’s javelin throw, by Kim Kreiner.
Competition gets underway at 8:30 a.m. with the 10,000 meters and in the field with the hammer throw at 9 a.m. Other long throws will follow on a rolling schedule (with masters’ discus throws preceding the open/Olympic Dev. Competition). The morning program also includes steeplechase races and a racewalk.
The 1,500 meter races are scheduled for 11:20 a.m., followed by men’s and women’s high hurdle races and the 400 meters to complete the morning schedule.
Afternoon program begins at 1:15 p.m. with 100 meter sprints.
Most of the elite discus throwers will compete twice. A special USATF-sponsored throwing competition will take place on Saturday, May 26, at 3:30 p.m. in order to take advantage of the usually excellent conditions at CSM. Among the more than 20 women’s and men’s athletes entered are the following:
Women: Suzy Powell-Roos, Gia Lewis-Smallwood, Summer Pierson, Jere Summers, and Yanbo Yang of China.
Men: Ian Waltz, Jarred Rome, Russ Winger, Jason Young, Lance Brooks, Aaron Neighbour.
All except Waltz are scheduled to also throw on Sunday. Stephanie Brown Trafton will only throw on Sunday.
Sunday, May 27, 2012 – USATF / PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS at College of San Mateo
Schedule of Events
8:30 AM....... Men’s and Women’s/Open and Masters 10,000m Run combined and hand timed
Followed by .....Men 3000m/36” Steeplechase (hand timed)
Followed by .....Women 3000m/30” Steeplechase (hand timed)
Followed by .....Masters 2000m/30” Steeplechase combined (hand timed)
10:30 a.m.±.... Men’s and Women’s/Open and Masters 5,000m Race Walk combined (hand timed)
11:20 a.m.±....Women 1500 Meter Run (Open then Masters, or combined depending on numbers)
11:30 AM.......Men 1500 Meter Run (Open then Masters, or combined depending on numbers)
...... 110m Hurdles (Open then Masters)
...... 100m Hurdles (Masters Men then Women)
...... 80m Hurdles (Masters Women then Men)
......Women 400 Meter Dash (Open then Masters)
......Men 400 Meter Dash (Open then Masters)
12:30± PM….. Scheduled break -- Open Men’s & Women’s and Masters T&F Committee Meetings
Afternoon Running Schedule…Starts no earlier than 1:15 p.m.
1:15 PMö Women 100 Meter Dash (Open then Masters)
......Men 100 Meter Dash (Open then Masters)
......Women 800 Meter Run (Open then Masters)
......Men 800 Meter Run (Open then Masters)
......Intermediate Hurdles (Open Men 36”, Open Women 30”, Masters Women 30”, Masters Men 30”)
......Men Intermediate Hurdles (Open then Masters)
......Women 5000 Meter Run (Open + Masters)
......Men 5000 Meter Run (Open + Masters)
......Women 200 Meter Dash (Open then Masters)
......Men 200 Meter Dash (Open then Masters)
9:00am - HAMMER THROW
--COMBINED MASTERS DISCUS THROW FOLLOWS HAMMER, USING UPPER AND LOWER RINGS
--OPEN DISCUS (MEN FOLLOWED BY WOMEN) FOLLOWS MASTERS DISCUS
--COMBINED OPEN & MASTERS JAVELIN FOLLOWS MASTERS DISCUS ON UPPER FIELD
10:00am - COMBINED POLE VAULT AND LONG JUMPS
--COMBINED HIGH JUMPS FOLLOWS POLE VAULT
--COMBINED TRIPLE JUMP FOLLOWS LONG JUMP
2:00pm – COMBINED WOMEN’S SHOT PUT, FOLLOWED BY MEN’S SHOT PUT