U.S. Track & Field Open scheduled for June 9, 2001 at Cobb Track and Angell Field

March 17, 2001

The Track & Field Foundation, in conjunction with USA Track & Field and Stanford University, is pleased to announce the return of the U.S. Track & Field Open on Saturday, June 9, 2001. The meet will be televised on CBS as part of USA Track & Field's Golden Spike Tour. The I.A.A.F., track and field's international governing body, has granted the meet Grand Prix I status, assuring that the world's top-ranked atheltes will be in attendance.

In its debut last year, this international meet featured many of the world's best athletes competing at one of the country's most beautiful track and field venues, Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field. Once again the meet is scheduled to be the final major event prior to the USA National Championships.

Cobb Track and Angell Field is recognized around the globe as a home for outstanding competition. Last summer future 2000 Olympians Stacey Dragila, Terrence Trammell, and Stanford's Michael Stember began their trip to Sydney in Palo Alto. Dragila, the world record holder and 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the women's pole vault, thrilled the crowd with exciting clearances over great heights. Mark Crear, the #1 ranked 110-meter hurdler in the world in 1999, and 1996 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O'Brien competed before a sold out crowd of over four thousand spectators.

Stanford's Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, Vin Lananna, is excited to host the event. 'We are thrilled to be part of a tremendous series of meets on the west coast this Spring. The Pac-10 Championships will take place in Berkeley (May 19-20), while Eugene will host the Prefontaine Classic (May 27), the NCAA Championships (May 30 - June 2) and the USA Championships (June 21-24). The U.S. Open continues our commitment to make Stanford University a center for international track and field competition.'

Stanford's trio of Sydney Olympians - Gabe Jennings, Brad Hauser, and Michael Stember - are scheduled to compete. They will be joined by other Americans and international competitors who will be vying for a spot in the I.A.A.F. World Championships which will be held this summer in Edmonton, Canada.

Ticket information will be available at gostanford.com or by calling (650) 723-2736.

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