Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Brown Trafton highlights a group of four former Cal Poly track and field All-Americans scheduled to compete at this weekend’s Cal Poly/Share
Brown Trafton, an Arroyo Grande High graduate, is a three-time Olympian discus thrower, winning the gold at the 2008 games in Beijing. As a Mustang, she was runner-up at the NCAA Championships in 2003.
Maggie Vessey, another NCAA runner-up, is also set to compete, as are triple-jumper Jasmine Pickett and pole vaulter John Prader.
Vessey placed second in the nation as a Cal Poly senior in 2005. She also finished second at the USATF Championships in 2010 and 2011.
Pickett reached All-America status twice, including a seventh-place finish as a senior in 2011. Prader set the Mustangs’ school record in the pole vault as a senior in 2012 at 18 feet, 71⁄4 inches.
In the team race, Cal Poly will face athletes from Pepperdine, CSU Bakersfield, Cal Poly Pomona and Allan Hancock.
The hammer throw is today’s lone event, beginning at 3 p.m. Field events start Saturday at 11 a.m. with the men’s javelin, while the women’s 3,000 steeplechase kicks off the track events at 12:15 p.m.