Frank Fredericks, the NCAA sprint champion, and Doug Padilla, the two-time Olympic distance runner, will be among a number of top local college and high school athletes competing in Saturday's second annual TAC-Utah Invitational Track and Field Meet at East High School.
The meet will begin at 5:30 and end at 8:30. Cost of admission is $4 ($1 advance purchase), or $10 per family ($8 advance purchase). Proceeds from the meet will be used to benefit construction of the West High international track and field stadium.Fredericks, a senior at BYU, won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at last weekend's NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. He clocked the fastest time in the world this year, 20.13, in the trials, and a sensational wind-aided 19.90 in the finals.
Padilla, the American record holder at 3,000 meters, will try again to break four minutes in the mile. He is the only man in history ever to run a sub-four minute mile in Utah (a 3:57.23 in Provo in 1983) on the track. He will be challenged Saturday by the University of Utah's John Schiefer, the Western Athletic Conference indoor mile champ, and Utah State's Michael Dear, a 4:02 miler from Australia.
Saturday's meet also will include:
- L. Jay Silvester, a former Olympic silver medalist, and Glen Passey, a former NCAA champion, are tentatively scheduled to compete in an exhibition discus competition.
- Anu Kaljurand, a BYU sophomore from Tallinn, Estonia, who finished second in the NCAA heptathlon, likely will compete in the sprints and long jump.
- BYU athletes Brent Patera, Scott Moon, Dave Brannon, Erik Hughes, Oluyemi Kayode, Russ Muir and Dave Spence.