Golden Spike meet in Fairfax today

High schoolers, big names competing at Geo. Mason

Indoor track

January 29, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The first of five indoor Golden Spike Tour track and field events will play the George Mason University Field House in Fairfax, Va., today, a legion of Summer Olympic hopefuls being joined by several hundred high school and collegiate athletes in a day-long meet.

High schoolers have been competing and qualifying both individually and as relay teams for a month, and their trials, along with those of several area colleges, will get under way at 10 a.m.

At 2: 30 p.m., the elite athletes will take over in a 12-event program, which will be videotaped for later showing on NBC and ESPN. Several former Olympians and scores of hopefuls pointing toward the U.S. team competing in Sydney, Australia, later this year are entered.

Topping the male contingent are Matt Holthaus (Wilde Lake, James Madison University) and Georgetown's Dave Krummenacker and Karl Paranya in the mile, Olympic gold medalist Allen Johnson and Mark Crear in the high hurdles, dash men Jon Drummond and Tim Harden, ageless Johnny Gray and Rich Kenah in the 800 meters and long sprinters Derrick Adkins and Tyree Washington in the 400.

The women's high jump field is loaded, with Amy Acuff, many times national and NCAA champion whose personal best is 6 feet, 6.75 inches, and Gwen Wentland (6-5) leading the cast. They rank second and third in the country.

Hurdler Angie Vaughn, a state champion in the 100 and 300 hurdles while at Laurel High, is a former Big 12 champion and Goodwill Games victor. She is ranked fourth in the world.

The women's dash should be a burner, with world champion Inger Miller and Carlette Guidry-White hooking up over 60 meters. Suzann Reid, who went to Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt High and then Texas, and Jeral Miles Clark top the 400 field. Joetta Clark-Diggs and Regina Jacobs are the ones to beat in the 800.

After the tour events, the high school and college competitors come back for their finals at approximately 3: 30 p.m.

Event schedule

10 a.m.: College and high school invitational.

2: 30: Golden Spike Tour events (12, five for men, seven for women.

3: 30: Invitational finals.

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