Olympic gold medalist headlines triple jump field at High Performance meet

EUGENE, Ore. – Christian Taylor, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump, is headed to TrackTown USA.

Taylor, who also struck gold at the 2011 IAAF World Championships with his personal best leap of 58 feet, 11 ¼ inches, headlines the men’s triple jump field at the Run TrackTown High Performance track and field meet on Saturday, July 26 at Hayward Field.

The two-time USA outdoor champion will be challenged by fellow Florida graduate Omar Craddock, Chris Carter, Ryan Grinnell, Josh Honeycutt and Senegal native Mamadou Gueye.

Carter won the U.S. indoor title with a mark of 56-3 ¼ this year; Boise State’s Grinnell placed third at the 2013 USA outdoor meet at 56-6; Craddock is a two-time NCAA champion and 2013 USA outdoor champion with a PR of 55-6 ¼; Honeycutt won the 2013 USA indoor title and set his PR of 55-2 ¾ in May; Gueye set his PR of 53-7 in 2011.

The men’s high jump field is also stellar.

Two-time Olympian and 2011 World champion Jesse Williams, of Oregon Track Club Elite, will attempt to defend his home turf against Nick Ross, Dusty Jonas, Jeron Robinson, Lane Community College’s Dakari Hightower and Chen Wang of China.

The meet begins with the women’s hammer throw at 5:50 p.m., followed by the men’s high jump, men’s triple jump, men’s 4×800-meter relay, women’s 100 meters, women’s 4×800-meter relay, men’s 1,500 meters and men’s 110-meter high hurdles.

The High Performance meet immediately follows the Saturday session of the IAAF World Junior Championships.