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Mike Powell World Record Anniversary Celebration

Mike Powell
By Mt. SAC Athletics

August 26, 2021 - 11:51 AM

Sports Illustrated cover with Mike PowellMt. SAC Athletics is inviting students, staff and the public to come celebrate the 30th anniversary of local hero Mike Powell's  world record for the Men's Long Jump.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm, on Monday, August 30, 2021, at Mt. SAC's new world class and state-of-the-art facility, Hilmer Lodge Stadium. The celebration will be held exactly 30 years after Powell shattered Bob Beamon's Men's Long Jump World Record (8.90M / 29'02"1/4) at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. 

The event is FREE and will be held on the Hilmer Lodge Stadium Field/Track, in front of the scoreboard.  The celebration will be attended by a number of notable track & field personalities, local dignitaries and fans.  At the conclusion of the celebration, attendees will be able to take a picture with Mike Powell.  

Powell's incredible men's long jump world record of 29 feet, 4.5 inches (8.95M) still stands today and is the 3rd oldest men's world record in track & field (athletics).  The record is so dominant that only nine men have ever come within a foot of his mark, with only two of those in the past decade.  Powell has held this record longer than anyone in history, surpassing the great Jesse Owens, who held the record for 25 years (from 1935-1960).

Mike Powell - credit:Image of SportPowell grew up locally in West Covina, attended Edgewood High School (West Covina, CA) and competed at Mt. SAC as a prep, collegian (UC Irvine/UCLA) and as a world class athlete. He is a 3-time Mt. SAC Relays Champion.  

During his incredible career he soared over 8.00 meters (26'04") in 14 seasons/years and captured a number of international titles:

  • Silver Medal - 1988 Seoul Olympics
  • Silver Medal - 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Gold Medal - 1991 Tokyo World Championships
  • Gold Medal - 1993 Stuttgart World Championships
  • Bronze Medal - 1995 Gothenburg World Championships
  • Gold Medal - 1994 Saint Petersburg Goodwill Games
  • Silver Medal - 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games

For those wishing to attend, please RSVP at the link:
https://www.mtsacathletics.com/specialevents/MikePowell/RSVP

Those RSVP’ing will receive final instructions, including directions, parking and meeting locations.  Free parking will be available in the Champion Parking Lot (level 1) located off of Bonita Drive, West of the Stadium.  CLICK HERE to view the Mt. SAC Campus Map.  

For additional information, please contact the Mt. SAC Athletic Special Events Office at 909.274.4840 or by email at specialevents@mtsac.edu.