Joanna Hayes, a UCLA standout who went on to set an Olympic record while winning gold in the women's 100-meter high hurdles at the 2004 Athens Games, and Dwight Phillips of Kennesaw, Ga., a 2004 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion in the men's long jump, are among the elite track and field athletes entered in this weekend's Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut.
The meet includes high school, community college, college and open divisions competing Friday and Saturday. College and open divisions continue Sunday, with Hayes, Phillips and the remaining top athletes competing Sunday afternoon.
Hayes will be up against a field that includes USC senior Candice Davis, who earlier this month at the Stanford Invitational lowered her personal best in the event (12.91 seconds) for the second consecutive weekend.
Allyson Felix, the world champion in the 200 in 2005 who turned professional after graduating from Los Angeles Baptist High in 2003 and won an Olympic silver medal the next summer, will challenge a 400 field that includes former Cerritos Gahr standout Angel Perkins.
LaShauntea Moore, also a 2004 Olympian in the 200, is entered in the 100. Former UCLA standout Monique Henderson, who won gold at the 2004 Games as part of the women's 1,600 relay team, is entered in the 200.
Asafa Powell, the world-record holder in the men's 100, will be competing in the 400 relay with his Jamaican teammates. He has not competed in the U.S. for two years.
The women's 5,000 field includes Kim Smith of New Zealand, the 2005 World University Games champion, and Sara Hall, who was a two-time NCAA runner-up in the event at Stanford, most recently in 2005.
The men's distance races also figure to be competitive.
Josh Rohatinsky, the NCAA cross-country champion at Brigham Young last fall, is part of a strong field in the men's 5,000.
Rohatinsky will be up against Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico, runner-up earlier this month at the prestigious Carlsbad 5000 road race; Anthony Famiglietti of New York, a 2004 Olympian in the steeplechase who won the U.S. 8-kilometer men's championships last month, and Alan Culpepper of Louisville, Colo., who won the marathon at the 2004 Olympic trials and was the U.S. champion in the 5,000 in 2002.
For heats sheets and more information, go to relays.mtsac.edu.