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June 18, 2001

Junior Olympics Hits CSUS

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More than 6,000 youngsters are expected to compete when the capital plays host to the 2001 Junior Olympic National Track & Field Championships July 24 - 29 at California State University, Sacramento.

The Junior Olympics annually features an average of 6,500 athletes from ages 8 to 18 - making it the biggest youth sporting event in the world in terms of number of participants.

All events will take place at Hornet Stadium, which was the site of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and will be the venue for the 2003 NCAA Division I Track Championships.

The recent $1.5 million renovation to Hornet Stadium features a 400-meter competition track and an adjacent practice track. John Chaplin, head coach of the U.S. Olympic men's team, calls it one of the finest track facilities in the world. One world record and five American records were set at the 2000 trials in July.

USA Track & Field has 56 associations across the country. The Sacramento Sports Commission formed a partnership with the Pacific Association of USA Track & Field to organize and run the Junior Olympics. Athletes qualify for the Junior Olympics through association and regional competitions.

For more information regarding the Junior Olympics call the Sacramento Sports Commission at (916) 264-7718, the Pacific Association at (916) 983-4622 or visit the web site www.sacsports.com.


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