Nick Hysong, the gold medal-winning pole vaulter from Arizona State, highlights the field for this weekend’s annual Sun Angel Classic at ASU.
Field events, including the pole vault, start at 1 p.m. Saturday while running events begin at 5 p.m. The hammer throw will be staged on Friday between 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Hysong won the pole vault at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
The field events also will include ASU star Sarah Stevens, who is set to compete in the shot put, discuss and hammer throw.
Among female college track athletes, Stevens is ranked No. 1 in the shot put, No. 2 in the discus and No. 5 in the hammer throw.
Stevens won the NCAA indoor title in the shot last month.
Amy Hastings, ASU’s standout distance runner, is entered in the 1,500 meters.
As for the men, Sun Devils Kelvin Love Jr. and Domenik Peterson are slated to run the sprints.
Love (20.73 seconds) and Peterson (20.74) are ranked 17th and 18th, respectively, on the list of all runners in the world this year in the 200 meters.
In addition to Hysong, several other notable post-college athletes are scheduled to appear, including Xavier Carter, the former LSU sprinter who won four NCAA titles last year, and John Godina, U.S. Olympian in the shot put.
Nine events for high school girls and nine for high school boys also will be staged.
The meet also features strong team competition.
Trackwire.com ranks the ASU women at No. 1, while the Sun Devil men are ranked No. 7.
Other women’s teams scheduled to compete include No. 2 LSU, No. 8 Auburn, No. 19 Florida and No. 22 Colorado while the No. 7 Sun Devil men will face competition from No. 2 Auburn and No. 10 LSU.
Other teams set to compete include Air Force, Alabama (men), Boise State, Central Arizona, Colorado State, Dartmouth (men), Minnesota (men), Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado (men).
Two events will be staged in honor of the memory of notable track figures with local ties. Starting this year, the men’s 200 dash will be named for Tom Jones, the former ASU head coach (1988-92) who recently lost a battle with cancer. The boy’s 1,600 relay will carry the name of Willie Jones Jr., a former ASU sprint star who served as the Phoenix College head coach before dying of lymphoma last year.
Sun Angel Classic
When: Friday — hammer throw, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday — field events, 1 p.m.; running events, 5 p.m.
Where: Sun Angel Stadium at Arizona State University