Top field expected for tonight’s Holmdel International Meet

first_imgWith the national championships approaching (June 21-23 at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.), track and field athletes will be looking to use tonight’s 16th Annual Holmdel International Track and Field Meet at Holmdel High School as a way to prepare. The International has attracted world-class athletes from all over the United State and the world during its first 15 years. Olympic or world championship gold medalists who have competed in Holmdel include Eamonn Coghlan and Marcus O’Sullivan of Ireland, Paul Ereng of Kenya and Americans such as Roger Kingdom, Charles Austin, Butch Reynolds and Andrew Valmon. Unlike many track and field meets, the javelin takes center stage at the International. The meet began as the Bob Roggy Memorial, and the men’s javelin remains a featured event. The late Bob Roggy was a Holmdel High School graduate who went on to international fame throwing the javelin. He was an NCAA champion at Southern Illinois and went on to rank No. 1 in the world. Another featured event is the Eamonn Coghlan Men’s Mile Run where a sub-4:00 mile is always the goal. The meet record is 3:59.5 by Jim Norris in 1990. The mile goes off at 9:35 p.m. Other events include the Lester Wright Men’s Masters 400 meters (6:45), Andy Stanfield men’s and women’s 200-meter dash (6:55), Dr. Matt Brown master’s 100-meter dash (7:25), Wilma Rudolph women’s 100-meter dash (7:35), Frank Budd men’s 100-meter dash (7:45), Harrison Dillard men’s 110-meter high hurdles (7:55), Joetta Clark women’s 800-meter run (8:25), Johnny Gibson men’s 400-meter dash (8:30), John Woodruff men’s 800 meters (8:40) and the Horace Ashenfelter men’s 3,000 meter run (9). Field events include the Don Bragg pole vault (6 p.m.), men’s and women’s triple jump (6), Barbara Friedrich women’s javelin (6:30), Mike Pascuzzo men’s and women’s high jump (7), Art Swart’s men’s and women’s discus throw, and Charlie May’s men’s and women’s long jump (7). There is something for the high school runners with the Vince Cartier High School Boy’s Mile Run (7:05) and the Casie Kerr Memorial High School Girl’s Mile Run (7:15). The meet will get under way at 5:30 p.m. with open events on the track that include the Abel Kiviat Memorial Two-Mile Run (6:00) and the Elliott Denman Open Handicap One-Mile Walk (6:20).last_img

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