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Mt. San Antonio College hosts annual athletic meets

Last updated on May 3, 2024 by BVN

Overview: The annual track and field meet at the Mt. San Antonio College, known for attracting the best athletes, took place this weekend. Olympic hopeful Julien Alfred won the Women’s 200 and anchored her St. Lucia team to a strong performance in the 4 x 100. USC’s Temi Ojora and her brother Tade Ojora, representing Great Britain, won the Elite Triple Jump and the 110 Hurdles, respectively . Former USC star Madison Richards won the Elite long jump, and Rai Benjamin won the Elite men’s 400 in his first outdoor meet while preparing for the Olympic trials.

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The top prep, collegiate and elite track and field athletes returned to the annual meet at the Mt. San Antonio College, known for putting forward the very best achievements for 64 years.

Since 1959, the Hilmer Lodge track has been the site of an extraordinary track and field competition that has attracted some of the very best, including Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses, Al Oerter, Bob Seagren, Stacey Dragila, Quincy Watts, Allyson Felix and the great Jackie Joyner-Kersee just to name a few.

Former USC and two-time world champion Kendall Ellis is second in the Elite 400 in 51.25. (Photo: Robert Attical BVN/NNPA)

This meeting also brings to the fore the sophisticated track observers who can be seen with their stopwatches on the home stretch or at the finish where several world records are set. This was one of the first outdoor events in an Olympic year and added to the atmosphere.

“Where the best athletes in the world compete” – Since 1959

In the International Division, Olympic hopeful Julien Alfred won the Women’s 200 in 22.58, then anchored her St. Lucia team at a solid 42.03 in the 4 x 100. Alfred said she was focused on winning St. Lucia’s first Olympic medal in Paris. USC’s Temi Ojora and her brother, fellow Trojan Tade Ojora, both competed under the Great Britain flag. Temi won the Elite Triple Jump with a leap of 44-12, while Tade won the Elite Men’s 110 Hurdles in 13.48.

Talie Bonds wins her second consecutive race in the 100 meter Elite hurdles in 12.75. (Photo: Robert Attical BVN/NNPA)

Talie Bonds, a former Arizona All-American now running for USA Athletics, won her second straight 100-meter hurdles race in 12.76. Kyree King, running for Nike, won the Elite 200 in 20.11 and was fourth in the 100 meters in 10.12.

Tokyo Olympic silver medalist reaches a smooth 44.42 in the Elie 400m at Mt. Sac Relays. (Photo: Jon Gaede BVN/NNPA)

Former USC star Madison Richards won the Elite Long Jump with a leap of 21-8.25. Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Rai Benjamin, who now runs for Nike, easily won the Elite Men’s 400 in 44.42. Benjamin looked effortless in his first outdoor competition as he heads to the Olympic Trials and Paris this summer.