When John Mansoor became the meet director of the Golden West Invitational in 1993, his first change was to open the event to more athletes.
The GWI, which has featured scores of future Olympians over the decades, had allowed only high school seniors. Mansoor allowed athletes in any grade to participate.
“The first person we got was Marion Jones, an underclassman, and she was clean then, and she still has our GWI record in the 100 (11.31 seconds in 1993), 200 (23.01) and long jump (20 feet, 9 inches),” Mansoor said. “We’ve had some great girls ever since.”
Mecca McGlaston, a junior from Dublin High School, was second in the 100-meter hurdles in last week’s CIF State Track and Field Championships in 13.18 seconds, the second-fastest time in the country this season and the sixth-fastest in national prep history.
Saturday’s meet at Folsom High School could be dominated by the girls again:
▪ Mecca McGlaston, a junior from Dublin High School, was second in the 100-meter hurdles in last week’s CIF State Track and Field Championships in 13.18 seconds, the second-fastest time in the country this season and the sixth-fastest in national prep history.
▪ Vacaville sophomore Reonna Collier, the national leader in the 300 hurdles at one point this season (40.91 seconds), has a shot at breaking the GWI record of 40.81 set in 1995 by Joanna Hayes, who went on to win the gold medal in the 100 hurdles at the 2004 Olympics.
▪ Emelda Malm-Annan of Elk Grove has a lifetime best in the hammer at 180-11, which would be third on the GWI all-time list.
▪ Erika Malaspina, a junior from Santa Cruz, has gone 13-2 in the pole vault, one of the top marks nationally.
This meet also is a chance for redemption for two local athletes. Oakmont’s Isaiah Holmes, tied for the state lead in the high jump at 7-0, failed to reach the state finals. Davis pole vaulter Nate Harper has a best of 16 feet, which would have won the state title, but he no-heighted at the qualifying Masters meet.