Golden Games Come to Mt. SAC
May 06, 2021 - 02:29 PM
Mt. SAC will take center stage when it hosts the 2021 USA Track & Field Golden Games on Sunday. The event will be broadcast live nationally on NBC from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (PST). This elite competition will be held in Hilmer Lodge Stadium, the college's new state-of-the-art facility.
The Golden Games, one of only two gold level competitions in the United States, is part of the 2021 USATF Grand Prix Series and for the next three years, will also be a part of the Elite Division of the Mt. SAC Relays. This year’s event will feature many of the world's best track & field athletes on their road to the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
Due to the pandemic, strict guidelines will be in place including screening, testing, masks and physical distancing. Unfortunately, the event will be closed to on-site spectators.
"This is an incredible opportunity to showcase our college and this incredible stadium to the world," replied Mt. SAC Athletic Special Events Director Doug Todd. "I want to thank USA Track & Field and everyone at Mt. SAC (administration/staff) for their incredible support and hard work that made this event possible. During these difficult times, this event gives elite athletes a desperately needed opportunity to compete at a world class facility in order to qualify and prepare for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics."
Included in the incredible fields are former Mountie sprinters Kyrie King (100M) and Cravon Gillespie (100M). Both have run under 10 seconds in the 100 meters, making them strong contenders for a spot on the 2021 U.S. Olympic Squad. Former Mountie triple jumper Anthony Applequist will also compete after bursting on to the world scene with a jump of 53'08"1/2 (16.37M), 10 days ago in Chula Vista.
One competitor attracting a lot of media attention is Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver DK Metcalf who is scheduled to run the men's 100 meters. The gridiron Pro Bowl speedster hasn't competed in track and field since high school, but will test his speed on Sunday against the fastest men in the country.