22 JAN 1998 General News

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IKON Indoor Track & Field Invitational will be held this weekend at the Johnson City Mini-Dome.

A field of 2,000 athletes is expected to participate in the first annual IKON Indoor Track & Field Invitational, which will be held Jan. 23-24 at East Tennessee State’s Memorial Center.

Seven former Olympic gold medallists, a 1997 world champion, several former and reigning United States national champions, as well as a 1997 NCAA champion are expected to participate in the two-day event.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Roger Kingdom, 1992 gold medallists Gwen Torrence and Jon Drummond, as well as 1996 gold medallists Allen Johnson, Derrick Adkins and Derek Mills headline an impressive group of elite athletes who are planning to make the trip to Johnson City. Maurice Green, the 1997 World Champion in the 100-meter dash, is also slated to run along with three-time U.S. 1,500-meter national champion Terrance Herrington.

Others planning to attend include: Roland McGhee (1997 No. 9 world ranking in the long jump), Melissa Morrison (1997 100-hurdles national champion), Joan Nesbit (former Olympian), Tim Mack (1996 Olympic Trials qualifier in the pole vault), Bill Deering (1996 Olympic Trials qualifier in the pole vault), Tisha Waller (Olympian and national champion in the high jump), Angie Bradurn Spangler (former national champion in the high jump) and Eric Bishop (1997 NCAA high jump champion).

"This could be one of the largest meets in the country besides the NCAA and U.S. Championships," ETSU head coach Milan Donley said. "We have over 1,900 athletes, representing 13 states and 52 schools coming, along with several outstanding track and field clubs.

"We also have a very good field of elite athletes. It’s not only a great meet for the Olympians, but for the up-and-coming athletes who we will hear from in the near future."

Article from David Monti - Race Results Weekly

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