Four decorated former area athletes will seek gold at the 2015 USA Track and Field Outdoor National Championships.
The meet runs today through Sunday at the University of Oregon. Stephanie Brown Trafton, Duane Solomon, Jordan Hasay and Kenna Wolter will all compete.
Brown Trafton, a three-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the women's discus, will compete in that event at the nationals. Brown Trafton graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and Cal Poly. She is seeded 11th for these U.S. nationals, with a qualifying mark of 58.79 meters.
Duane Solomon (Cabrillo High School, USC) finished third at 800 meters in the 2012 Olympic Trials. He finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics in London in a personal best 1 minute, 42.82 seconds, good for 22nd on the all-time list.
He is seeded second, at 1:44.30, for the nationals. Solomon, the 2002-3 Gatorade Boys Athlete of the Year, won the high school state championship in the 800 his senior year in high school.
Hasay, an Arroyo Grande native, was a four-time state champion and two-time national champ in cross country when she ran for Mission Prep. She won the NCAA indoor mile and 3,000 titles as a sophomore at Oregon. Hasay, the runner-up in the two mile at the 2015 USATF Indoor National championships, is slated to run in the women's 10,000 and 5,000 at the outdoor nationals.
"I intend to run both races ... should I be healthy," Hasay said in an email.
"I have only run one race so far this year (that was a 5,000 at the Portland Distance Fesival in mid-June), because I've been dealing with plantar fasciitis. It is coming along well, and I am very fit from cross training, however my foot is still in rehab."
Hasay said in the e-mail, "(Racing at the championships) will depend on how my foot feels, and my coaches and I will make a smart decision about competing."
Wolter won the Summit Indoor League championship in the women's triple jump as a senior at the University of South Dakota. The Righetti High School alum, who went on to graduate from Hancock College and then South Dakota, will compete in the women's triple jump. She was also a runner-up in the 2015 indoor nationals in the triple jump.
Hasay is seeded fifth in the 10,000, at 31:39.67. Wolter is seeded ninth in the triple jump at 13.48 meters. Neither has been able to compete much outdoors this year.
Wolter just finished her third year as a graduate assistant coach at South Dakota. She recently earned her master's there in exercise science.
"I've been able to work out," she said by phone. "I just haven't been able to find many meets.
"I've competed in two outdoor meets this year. I jumped the 13.48 meters, which was my personal best, at the Mt. SAC Invitational (in Walnut). I was very excited about that."
Wolter said, "I'm excited about the outdoor nationals. I'll continue training up to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, and we'll see how it goes from there."
The first round in the men's 800 is set for 4 p.m. today. Semifinals are slated for 8:44 p.m. Friday, with the final set for 1:57 p.m. Sunday.
The women's 10,000 final is slated for 7:35 p.m. tonight. The 5,000 women's final is at 12:39 p.m. Sunday.
The women's triple jump final is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. The women's discus final is set for 12:45 p.m. Saturday.