Two homegrown Olympic champions will highlight this weekend’s Sun Angel track meet at Arizona State.
Nick Hysong, the 2000 gold-medal winner in the pole vault, and Dwight Phillips, who won the gold medal in the long jump in 2004, will compete. Both are former ASU stars.
“A lot of countries don’t produce Olympic champions,” ASU coach Greg Kraft said.“For ASU to produce one each in the last two Olympics is pretty amazing.”
The meet also will feature the mainstays of the ASU women’s team that recently finished third in the NCAA indoor track meet.
Amy Hastings, the NCAA 5,000-meter indoor champ and a three-time All-American in cross country, will run the mile.
And Jacquelyn Johnson, the NCAA indoor pentathlon champ, will compete in the 100 hurdles, long jump and high jump. Also, Sarah Stevens will compete in the hammer throw, discus and shot put.
“Those three definitely make our program go,” Kraft said.
The top men’s performers include sprinters Calvin Love and Dominick Peterson. They are part of ASU’s nationally ranked 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams.
“We’re looking for Calvin Love to have an outstanding meet in the 100 and 200 meters,” Kraft said.
Peterson is set to go against UCLA All-American Craig Everhart in the 400 meters at 5:50 p.m Saturday.
“That might be the best race of the day,” Kraft said.
Ryan Zimmerman, ASU’s triple-jump All-America performer, also is set to compete.
The meet starts tonight with the hammer throw. On Saturday, the field events start at 1 p.m. and the running events will go at 3 p.m. The pole vault is set for 6:30 p.m., while long jump is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Sun Angel meet is expected to run until about 9 p.m.