FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 5, 2003

USA TRACK & FIELD TEAMS TO COMPETE AT MT. SAC

WALNUT, CA-The inaugural Mid-Summer Games will be held at Mt. San Antonio College next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13. It will be a tune-up meet for members of the USA Teams selected for the Pan American Games and the World Championships who are not competing in Europe.

Featured will be more than one hundred finalists from the 2003 USA Championships, including individual champions SHIELA BURRELL (heptathlon), CARL BROWN (discus), YULIANA PEREZ (Ttiple jump), JAMES PARKER (hammer throw), and ERICA WHEELER (javelin). Also the field are 2004 NCAA champions MARDY SCALES (100), ADAM STEELE (400), and BECKY BREICH (shot put). Local athletes scheduled to participate
include former UCLA stars JESS STRUZEL (800) and SEIALA SUA (shot put & discus).

The Mid-Summer Games have the unique format of following the Day 1 & 2 Decathlon/ Heptathlon schedule of events. Open athletes will compete with the multi-eventers in common events and non-decathlon/ heptathlon events fill-out the schedule each day. In total, 36 top-5 place winners at this year's USA Championships and 13 medalists from the 2004 NCAA Championships will be competing.

The meet is funded by the new High Performance Division of USA Track & Field and features sophisticated scientific performance analysis for participating athletes and their coaches after each day's competition. Says USA Track & Field High Performance Division chairman, Brooks Johnson, "This competition will be an important step towards our USA Teams achieving peak performances at the Pan American Games, August 1-16 in the Dominican Republic, and the World Championships, August 23-31 in Paris. It will also provide some athletes a critical opportunity to achieve the "A" standard they need to be able to compete in Paris."

The meet starts at 3:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Spectator admission is $5.00, with no charge for kids 12 & under. Additional meet information is posted at www.scausatf.org .