Mar 15, 2013 8:42 PM by Andrew Masuda
Folks on the Central Coast have an opportunity to catch the world's greatest athlete in action on Saturday. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton practiced at Cal Poly on Friday in advance of Saturday's Cal Poly Invitational track and field meet.
The world record holder in the decathlon plans to compete in the javelin, 110 hurdles and shot put. He may also compete in the mile relay event.
Eaton lives in Eugene, Oregon and is coached by former longtime Atascadero resident Harry Marra, which are two reasons why Ashton is on the Central Coast this week. The sunny weather and his coach's ties to the area are also why he first competed at the Cal Poly Invite in 2011."That year I ended up at this meet getting my personal bests in all 3 of the throws, which I didn't expect. I mean we had good training and obviously in Eugene it's raining, here it's good weather, a fun place to come, the crowd gets into it," said Eaton when asked why he decided to return in 2013.
"I have a history of course in San Luis Obispo and we know the climate is good so we like to come where the climate is good and get some good work done," added Marra, who founded the All-Comers Meet in Atascadero several years ago.
Former Mustang and two-time US Olympian Sharon Day is expected to compete in the shot put, long jump and 200.
Field events start at 11 am with Eaton and the men's javelin throw. Track events start at 12:15 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Athletes from Cal Poly, UCSB, Fresno State and Cuesta College will also compete.
To see the schedule of events, click here.
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