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May 25-17, 2000 at Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

25th Great Southwest Classic

Originally conceived as a post-season invitational for the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, the Southwest Classic debuted in 1930 and was conducted until the Depression caused the meet to close in 1933. An organization of coaches and track officials resurrected the meet in 1978 with 125 invited athletes from the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. In 21 years the meet has grown to include over 300 invited athletes from the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Presently the Great Southwest Classic is recognized as one of the top 4 postseason regional/national track and field invitationals in the nation.

2000 will be the 25th edition of the Southwest Classic. The meet will include 3 days of competition. On Thursday, May 25, 2000, the events of the 12th annual Southwest Classic Decathlon and Heptathlon will begin.  Friday, May 26, will feature the second day of the Decathlon and Heptathlon. Then on Saturday, May 27, 35 events will be contested for the 25th annual Southwest Classic.

The major purpose of the Southwest Classic is to provide the outstanding boy and girl athletes in each state the opportunity to compete in regional invitational meet. Over the years the quality of the competition has resulted in national rankings and recognition for the athletes. For the past 22 years many of the participating athletes have received college scholarships as a result of their performances at the meet, in addition to being invited to national invitational meets. A number of Southwest Classic alums have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, U.S. Olympic Trials, as well as NCAA Championships.

The format of the meet is a "go for broke" competition -- no heats, no trials, no team score pressures. The meet features 3 relay events (4 x 800, 4 x 400, 4 x 100) which the selection committee has the option of inviting the state's all-star relay members and/or a school team that represents their state.

The venue

The 25th Annual Southwest Track & Field Classic will be held on the 
traditional last weekend of May, 2 weeks after the state 
championships. The meet will be conducted at Sun Angel Stadium on 
the campus of Arizona State University. This facility is located 5 
blocks (5 minutes) from ASU-Tempe Holiday Inn, the official meet 
headquarters of the Southwest Classic.

Sun Angel Stadium features a newly constructed 9 (48") lane Tartan 
Track with multiple jump and throw areas. The track has a 
straightway (open on both ends) on the west side, with the finish 
line at the south end of the straightway. The Shot Put and the 
Javelin will be contended in front of the stadium towards the south 
end of the infield. The Discus and Hammer will be contended on the 
east side of the infield on the infield. The entire south end of the 
infield in tartan covered, which is the site of the High Jump and 
the runway for the Javelin. The Long I Triple Jump runways are 
located towards the north end of the infield, directly in front of 
the stadium seating. The Pole Vault event will be contended on the 
north end of the infield with a runway going in an east direction, 
which takes advantage of the prevailing westerly breezes.

The ASU track stadium will available for a practice session for any 
of the invited athletes on Friday, May 26 between 6:30 to 9:00 PM.



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