4/21/01 at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut CA

43rd Mt. SAC Relays

the Scene

by John Dye

"where the world's best athletes compete"

this stone plaque with olympic flame and international flags graces the first turn

The 4x800 relay teams opened the high school meet at 8 am Saturday after a cold, rainy night.
It was dry but unseasonably chilly, with 6 inches of snow on the mountain peaks in the distance.

Swirling breezes kept it cold most of the day.
Here, the flag shows a 3-4 mps tailwind for the girls long jumpers,
although Candice Baucham's winning jump was a legal +1.7.


Foreign athletes were a strong factor in several events through the day with international athletes from China, Mexico, Great Britain, Canada and Australia. Chinese girls Zhao Yuan and Xu Min finished 1-2 in the 3000 meters.

Mt. SAC was a home away from home for Australian pole vaulter Jenny Lovell. She came to the meet because her coach Alan Launder is a friend of Steve Chappell of UCS Spirit, the pole maker. Jenny, 18, graduated from high school last December, and she trains 17 hours a week at the Australian national pole vault center in Adelaide. She has been vaulting 6 years, hit 12 feet as a 15-year-old, and already has international experience at the 1999 World Youth Games in Poland, where she placed 9th.

Olympic champions gave out autographs to eager youth:

Maurice Greene

DyeStat message board regular "Lasse_Viren" after a race. What is his real name?


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