Friday, April 12, 2013

Big Time Track Meet This Weekend at Mesa College: First-Ever Arnie Robinson Invitational

Event honors San Diego’s Olympic Gold Medalist, former top-ranked jumper in the world

The San Diego Mesa College Track and Field team is proud to host its first-ever “Arnie Robinson Invitational,” on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at the Merrill Douglas Stadium at Mesa College. The event, honoring the Olympic Gold Medalist and renown track and field athlete, is co-hosted by University High School.

Hundreds of area high school and college students are expected to compete. The main event of the evening is the "Arnie Robinson Elite Section Long Jump."

Arnie Robinson
Olympic gold medalist Arnie Robinson is a Mesa College grad, world-renowned track and field athlete, and track and field instructor and former coach at San Diego Mesa College. A winner of the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Trials long jump, Robinson was third at the 1972 Olympic Games and took the gold medal in 1976. He won seven national long jump titles, six of them outdoors. From 1976 to 1978, he was the top-ranked long jumper in the world with a career best of 27' 4 3/4" in 1976. In 1979 he returned to Mesa College to coach. He was instrumental inspiring thousands of young athletes, establishing youth track in San Diego and striving to promote the sport by hosting youth track and field meets. In 2013, he was named Mesa College Distinguished Alumnus. For more on Arnie see: http://www.sdmesa.edu/alumni/recipients.cfm

This special track meet features high school and college athletes. The main event of the evening is the "Arnie Robinson Elite Section Long Jump." For complete schedule of track events, see http://www.sdmesa.edu/athletics/track-women/index.cfm

Join us at 4:00 pm when the Field and Track events start, followed by a Reception for Arnie Robinson at 5:00 pm.  San Diego Mesa College, Merrill Douglas Stadium, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, CA 92111.

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