When it comes to collegiate track & field, the Sun Angel Classic held each spring at Arizona State University is as big as it gets. Now in its 34th year, the meet attracts some of leading collegiate and post-collegiate programs in the country. It also hosts top high school teams from across the state of Arizona.
The 2013 Sun Angel Classic runs April 4-6 at ASU’s Sun Angel Stadium. Spectators will have an opportunity to watch a diverse slate of events featuring eight Olympians, nearly 1,700 high school student-athletes, and more than 450 college-level participants.
The Sun Angel Classic is recognized for exciting competition, which has propelled many of its stars to national and worldwide prominence. For example, three-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist shot putter John Godina first appeared at the Sun Angel competition in 1993. Olympic gold medalists Dwight Hysong (long jump) and Nick Hysong (pole vault) have also returned to Tempe for the competition throughout the years.
In all, the Sun Angel Classic has featured nearly 50 Olympians, numerous medalists and countless international and world team members since its inception in 1979.
This year’s field includes 2012 Olympians Jessica Cosby (USA/hammer), Brittany Borman (USA/javelin), Jim Steacy (Canada/hammer), Heather Steacy (Canada/hammer), Liz Gleadle (Canada/javelin), Kenneth Medwood (Belize/400mH), Sonali Merrill (Sri Lanka/400mH) and Nate Brannan (Canada, 1500m).
Fans will also have a chance to see former NCAA steeplechase Champion Matt Hughes, current four-time defending shot put champion and Sun Devil Jordan Clarke, and 2013 NCAA indoor triple and long jump champion Andrea Geubelle.
The Sun Angel Classic will begin with high school competition on Thursday. Field events will start at 10 a.m. and the running events at noon. Friday’s schedule includes a hammer throw competition beginning at noon, followed by the 5,000-meter races at 7:30 p.m. The event concludes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with running events beginning at 2 p.m. The premiere sessions of the competition will get underway at 6 p.m.