Pete (Mr. 5K) Magill reminds of his SpeedRunner Combine — where age-graded marks will be scored for the best combined efforts in the 40-yard Dash, 20-yard Shuttle, 3-Cone Drill, Vertical Leap, Standing Long Jump and Suicide Run. Details at speedrunnercombine.com. Meets are June 16 in Pasadena, July 14 in Santa Monica and Aug. 5 in Yorba Linda (where I lived as a young teen). Pete writes: “Medals will be awarded in 10 age groups (M/F), and trophies will be given to the top teams in the Youth (age 7-13), High School (age 14-17), and Open (age 22-39) divisions. Over $1,200 in merchandise prizes will be awarded to age group champions. … Masters competition will be in 10-year age groups (40-49, 50-59, etc.). There will be medals for the top 3 podium finishers in each M/F age group, as well as a pair of INOV-8 shoes for each M/F age group champion.” And if you use the promo code COMBINE2018, you get a 10 percent discount on entry fee. On July 7, the Trojan Masters Track Club will host the Vern Wolfe-Trojan Masters Meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk (near L.A.), also the scene of my heartbreaking fourth-place finish in CIF Southern Section semifinals in the “C” 120-yard low hurdles in 1970. (Top three went to title meet.) I’m still not over it. A $50 prize goes to first in a Devil Take the Hindmost Mile. (Used to be contested indoors, when a guy in a devil outfit pulled off the last-place runner after every lap.) Here’s the entry form.Missed your chance at professional track stardom? Not so fast. A series of Southern California meets is offering modest prizes and creative competition this summer.
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Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at TrackCEO@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Story tips always welcome!