10 Dec USATF Foundation Sponsorship of The Track Meet Fosters Competition for Athletes to Attain Olympic Standards
PITTSBURGH – Sound Running and the USATF Foundation hosted one of the best track meets in the world this past weekend at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Athletes, coaches, and staff followed very strict safety protocols and were rewarded with many amazing performances. “Truly a unique and amazing event. To see all of these great runners throwing down such competitive times in such a low key setting was remarkable,” said Foundation Board Member Martin Dugard. “A huge thanks to the athletes who raced and to the team at Sound Running for pulling off a meet that will be remembered for a long time to come.”
The USATF Foundation was able to cover expenses allowing for the hire of officials, rabbits and other imperative administrative expenses. The Track Meet was one of the few events in the country where athletes had the opportunity to compete in an attempt to gain the Olympic standard.
The meet showcased Rio Olympic Gold Medalists Matt Centrowitz and Gwen Jorgensen, American Record Holder Shelby Houlihan, and several Olympians looking to get their Tokyo Olympic standards or U.S. Trials qualifying times.
The Track Meet by numbers –
- 2 National Records (Australian Men’s 10,000m Record & Eritrean Women’s 10,000m Record)
- 12 Olympic Standards
- 8 Men’s Trials Qualifiers
- 23 Women’s Trials Qualifiers
- Several University Records
Photo Credit: Justin Britton