Campus: CSU, Sacramento -- July 20, 2000

Olympic Trials at CSUS A Rousing Success

More than 1,000 of the nation's top athletes have converged at California State University, Sacramento this month, each hoping the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hornet Stadium is their launching pad to the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The event, which lasts from July 14-23, has brought national and international attention to CSUS as never before.

Throughout the Trials, NBC is providing seven hours of national coverage and PAX TV is providing another 12 hours of national coverage. Hundreds of reporters from around the world have been on campus for a preview of some of the most promising future Olympians.

And cheering the athletes on are more than 23,000 spectators each day. The sold-out event has been a tremendous success, drawing rave reviews from fans, athletes and track and field officials, and becoming the best attended U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials ever.

The Trials are an intense competition, and offer the only way for U.S. track and field athletes to make the U.S. Olympic Team. Just the three top finishers in each of 21 men's and 19 women's events may be chosen.

The Trials have also served as the national debut of the new, $1.5 million track and field facility at CSUS. The facility, which helped land the Trials two years ago, was built with a $1 million donation from philanthropist and San Diego Chargers owner Alex G. Spanos.

Fast and narrow, the track was designed to be one of the best in the nation. It is already helping coaches recruit top track and field prospects. And the Olympic Track and Field Trials is just the first of many high-profile competitions it will help attract.

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