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June 8, 2002 at Sacramento CA

43rd Golden West Invitational


by the GWI meet management

A cool Sacramento evening, the lightning quick Olympic Trials track at Sacramento State, the finest High School Track and Field Athletes from across the Nation and the chance that close to half a dozen National High School records could be in danger (some in serious danger) should make for a spectacular 43rd edition of the Golden West Invitational -- the Nation's Oldest National Track and Field Competition . What follows is a brief preview of what could be.

Horizontal Jumps -- The Boys side will be headed by National Long Jump Leader Kevin Marion from Florida-however he will be challenged by defending champion I-Perfection Harris from New York and Oregon superstar Jordan Kent, and California champ Ronald Hill could be a presence as well. The Triple Jump is led by Texas star Jaimoy Bryant; Harris will compete here as well. On the Girls side Erica McLain of Dallas will headline the Triple Jump field and could be a major factor in the Long Jump as well, Southern California star Chaunte Howard (from Charles Leathers powerhouse program at J.W. North) will challenge in both events as well. Howard's teammate Lena Bettis and Utah's Amy Menlove will be major factors in the Long Jump as well.

Vertical Jumps -- Both National Pole Vault Records could fall this weekend. Oregon's Tommy Skipper just missed a week ago on the Boys side at 18'2 ¾ (clearing 17'7 ½) and will be challenged by 17 footers Tyson Byers (Washington), Mike Landers (California) and Chip Heuser (Kentucky). The only 17 footer missing will be Donovan Kilmartin from Idaho who was knocked out by a case of food poisoning. On the Girls side, California State champion Chelsea Johnson will be challenged by Idaho's Julene Bailey and host of other girls who have cleared 12'6. The High Jump fields are small in #'s but huge in quality. Californian Howard heads a field that includes 5 girls who have cleared 5'11 or better. The Boys side is headed by Texan Andra Manson, Kansas's Kyle Lancaster & North Carolina's Jesse Williams all who have cleared 7'2 or better, this event also features Washington State Champion Jeff Skiba . Skiba is the paraplegic world record holder (he has only one leg and uses a prosthesis).

Weights -- These events are headlined by Texas's Michelle Carter who has a realistic shot at the National HS record of 53'7 ¾. Carter (who has thrown 53'3) hopes to join her Dad (ex-SF 49er Michael Carter) as a Golden West Champion. Remember in 1979 Michael heaved the 12 pound ball an incredible 81'3 ½ at the Golden West. Carter will also compete in the Discus, and will be challenged by California's Rachel Varner and Melissa Faubus and Nebraska's Melanie Uher. The Boys events are headlined by National Discus Leader Brian Robison from Texas who also will be a major factor in the Shot Put as well. His main competition in the Disc will come from New Jersey's Adam Kuehl and California's Jarered Morgan. California state champion Noah Bryant will be favored in the Shot Put, but he will be challenged by Robison and South Dakota's Tyg Long.

Javelin & Hammer -- Tommy Skipper has the leading Boys Javelin Mark but this competition is wide open with all throwers being between 194 and 211 feet. The girls Javelin is headed by Louisiana's Rachel Walker . If Walker has an off day however any of 4 other thowers who have gone past 150 feet could steal the show. New York's Kristen Callan heads the Girls Hammer field although she will be challenged by Idaho's Katy Elsbury and Rhode Island's Kelly Reynolds. Adam Midles from Washington appears head and shoulders above a standout Boys Hammer Field.

Sprints -- Can anyone challenge those Texas sprinters. The California Boys don't even appear willing to give it a shot. The feature here is probably in the 200 as Texas stars Brendan Christian, Kelly Willie and Jeremy Wariner (all have gone under 20.50 this year) will tangle. Christian will have to fight off fellow Texans Willie Hordge and Ivory Williams in the 100, while Wariner and Willie will clash in the 400. Wariner is #1 in the Nation at 45.57,Willie #2 at 45.96. Texan Marshavet Hooker leads the female sprinters. She will be challenged by California's Shalonda Solomon & Jasmine Lee and Philadelphia sprinter Juanita Broaddus. The Girls 400 is led by Texas's Ashlee Mitchell and California State Champion Christina Hardeman.

Distances -- The fields in all these events are deep and solid. The 800's feature Washington's Courtney Jaworksi on the Boys side, and California's Jamillah Titus and Jenna Timinsky, Virginia's Leslie Treherne, and Georgia's Georgia Kloss on the girls side. The Miles are headed by Kentucky's Bobby Curtis, North Carolina's Matt Debole and Oregon's Lauren Jesperson although Local State Champion Matt Johnsrud will be a factor as well. For the Girls, everyone in the field has broken 5 minutes. The Girls 3200 features Colorado star Megan Kaltenbach, although she will be challenged by Califonia state champion Clara Horowitz and the Zeigle twins from Utah. The Boys 3200 should be a great race: Washington's Jesse Fayant, Oregon's Jacob Gomez, Alabama's Scott Fuqua, New York's Brian Dalpiaz and California's Kyle Alcorn all have broken 9:01.

Hurdles -- The Girls 100 Hurdles features Texan's Angel Boyd and National Leader Ashlee Williams. They will be challenged by the top 4 finishers from the California State Meet. The Boys 110H is led by New Jersey's Jeffrey Porter, although he will be challenged by very solid field. The Girls 300 Hurdles features California champion Ashlee Brown, Virginia champ Lauren Taylor as well as the State Champions from Washington & Kansas. If any record is in serious danger it is the Boys 300 Hurdles-a year ago Florida's Bershawn Jackson established a National Junior Class record of 35.51, and he has since lowered his PR to 35.39, taking dead aim on the National Record of 35.32. Texas's Kerron Clement could provide the push that Jackson needs to establish a New National Record-Clement himself has gone 35.79.

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