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June 29, 1989
The Athletics Congress suspended for three months race walker Alan Price of Washington, for testing positive for banned over-the-counter drugs. Price, 42, tested positive in a sample taken at the U.S. 50-Kilometer Walk Championships March 5 at Atlanta, where he finished 12th. The substances found--ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine--are commonly used in cold remedies and eye drops but are banned under the rules of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body for track and field.
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April 10, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The Arcadia Invitational will be filled with terrific athletes. It has become one of the best high school sporting events in Southern California. Hurdlers must have a fearless gene in their body, and junior Torrey Atkins of Menifee Heritage High shows every indication he has one. He attacks each hurdle with a focus and determination that allow him to fly over obstacles as if they weren't in his way. "I feel I'm shooting out like a rocket," he said. Two weeks ago, he ran a personal-best time of 14.17 seconds in the 110 high hurdles at the Mt. Carmel Invitational.
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July 1, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Chaunte Lowe displayed some slick dance moves Saturday while winning the high jump title at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, but she saved her most amusing gesture for the medal ceremony. While waiting to ascend the podium, she heard third-place finisher Amy Acuff introduced as a five-time Olympian and simply couldn't believe it. Lowe spread the fingers on one hand widely apart and her face took on an incredulous expression -- and Acuff didn't seem to believe it either.
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March 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For years, Curtis Godin was a baseball player. Last year, as a junior, he gave up trying to make Mater Dei's varsity baseball team and decided to try something different -- track and field. He ran the 100 meters in 10.79 seconds in his first year. In the off season, he began full-time track training, lifting weights and running. Last week, in his season debut, he ran the fastest time in the state, clocking in at 10.71 seconds. Suddenly, Mater Dei might have a top 100-meter runner.
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June 26, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Ah, the fringe benefits of being an elite track and field athlete. Free gear, access to physical therapists and sports psychologists, and a great social life for Nick Symmonds, London-bound as the 800-meter champion at the U.S. Olympic trials. "One of the reasons I love track and field is it's a platform that has allowed me to travel the world and go on incredible dates," he said, alluding to his highly publicized lunch with gossip-column favorite Paris Hilton. But when it matters, Symmonds has shown he can take care of business.
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May 29, 1989 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
One week from today, some of Orange County's top high school track and field athletes might wake up with a sad and perhaps sudden realization that, as graduating seniors, their high school track careers have finally come to an end. No more Orange County championships, no more Southern Section meets, no State championships. For many, their athletic futures will begin in the fall when they enter that exciting yet somewhat intimidating world of collegiate competition. Greg Whiteley, a 1985 graduate of University High and the last county prep athlete to run less than nine minutes in the 3,200 meters, remembers his exit from high school sports as an unfortunate one. A throat virus knocked Whiteley out of the final two weeks of his senior season, forcing him to miss the State meet, where he was a favorite in the 3,200.
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January 31, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
There was no shortage of drama at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Five countries boycotted, either because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Hungary or the tension in the Middle East over the Suez Canal. Hungarian athletes hauled down their flag in the Olympic Village and tore off the Communist emblem. A water polo encounter between the Soviets and Hungarians had to be stopped because of violence.
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February 27, 1989 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and JULIE CART, Times Staff Writers
Breaking four years of silence, two-time Olympian Diane Williams said Sunday that she took anabolic steroids before the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Williams, 28, who finished fourth in the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials in July, 1984, also said in an interview with ABC's Donna de Varona that she failed a drug test during the trials in the Coliseum.
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August 6, 1989 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
Jim Doehring, a 1988 Olympic shotputter, is caught in a contradiction: He is concerned about the abuse of steroids but is not willing to give up his own use for fear of being left behind. Doehring admitted Friday that he has used steroids to help him remain a world-class track and field competitor, but he also said he wishes he didn't feel a need to do so. "I'd love to do that (compete drug-free against drug-free opponents)," he said. "I know I can throw clean just as far as anyone can."
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June 17, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Caryl Smith Gilbert, a former UCLA All-American, has been hired as USC's director of track and field, the school announced. Smith Gilbert, 44, coached Central Florida's women's track and cross-country programs the last six seasons. She succeeds Ron Allice, who announced his retirement after the NCAA championships. Central Florida's women's team finished fifth in both the 2013 NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. “I know we can win championships at USC and we will be a powerhouse program for both men and women,” Smith Gilbert said in a statement.
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September 5, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Having Ben Johnson become involved in an anti-doping initiative seems like the equivalent of inviting a thief to play a key role in advising police on how to stop crime. But to Johnson, the Canadian sprinter who won a gold medal in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics but was stripped of his victory after he tested positive for a banned steroid, it makes sense for him to combat the cheating and drug use that continues to occur in track and field. Johnson is headlining an anti-doping initiative promoted by Skins, a Switzerland-headquartered sportswear company that specializes in compression clothing for athletes and espouses clean and fair play in all sports.
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August 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket have put together 11 half-hour shows highlighting contributions and achievements during 100 years of Southern Section sports. On Thursday at 8 p.m., it kicks off with a 90-minute program featuring special guests Pat Haden, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, Eric Wynalda, Joanna Hayes and John Naber, all of whom were prep standouts in Southern California. Other programs that will focus on areas and sports: Oct. 4: "100 Athletes for 100 Years: Football.
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August 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Quincy Watts, who won two gold medals in the 1992 Olympics, is returning to USC as a member of the track and field coaching staff, the school announced Monday. Watts will be a sprints coach after working the last two years as distance coach at Cal State Northridge. “He was a great athlete here at USC and fits in well with our desire to add to the unparalleled legacy of the Trojan track and field program," Caryl Smith Gilbert, USC's director of track and field, said in a statement.
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July 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
Call it "Black Sunday" for the sport of track and field. Hours after news broke that American sprinter Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance, two marquee Jamaican athletes acknowledged that they, too, had failed drug tests. Asafa Powell, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Summer Games, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, expressed dismay at the results. "I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement sent to The Times.
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July 13, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Johnnye Valien was waiting her turn in the long jump event at a West L.A. College track meet last week when she realized nobody was using the nearby high jump pit. This is an athlete who cannot help herself. She sees a challenge and she's compelled to attack it, as if she has no idea she is about to turn 88. On her way over to the high jump area, the South Los Angeles resident passed the pole vault pit. And that stopped her cold, her eyes lit by competitive desire. I know what you're thinking: Is a vault, by someone in her 80s, physically possible?
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June 19, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Brigetta Barett is accustomed to hitting high notes, athletically and artistically. Barrett, who won a silver medal in the women's high jump at the London Olympics last summer and is a six-time NCAA champion, sang the national anthem before winning her most recent NCAA title for the University of Arizona. She brings the world's second-best high jump mark this year into the U.S. track and field championships, which will take place this weekend at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
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August 3, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
(This report has been corrected. See below.) LONDON -- A huge and lively crowd, a fast track that held up well under a morning shower, and an excellent morning for British athletes combined to create a festive air during the opening session of track and field competition Friday at Olympic Stadium. Jessica Ennis of Britain started the day off with a roar and an Olympic heptathlon hurdles record. Ennis, the 2009 world heptathlon champion, was timed in 12.54 seconds, breaking the Olympic heptathlon hurdles record of 12.69 seconds set by Jackie Joyner-Kersee at Seoul in 1988 while winning the gold medal.
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July 24, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - Members of the U.S. track team placed a premium on experience when they chose a pair of four-time Olympians as captains of the men's and women's delegations for the London Games. Angelo Taylor, who has won two gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles and a third gold in the 4x400 relay, and 35-year-old discus thrower Aretha Thurmond were honored by their teammates in voting made public via Twitter on Tuesday. A USA Track and Field spokeswoman confirmed the selections late Tuesday.
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June 17, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Caryl Smith Gilbert, a former UCLA All-American, has been hired as USC's director of track and field, the school announced. Smith Gilbert, 44, coached Central Florida's women's track and cross-country programs the last six seasons. She succeeds Ron Allice, who announced his retirement after the NCAA championships. Central Florida's women's team finished fifth in both the 2013 NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. “I know we can win championships at USC and we will be a powerhouse program for both men and women,” Smith Gilbert said in a statement.
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June 7, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC athletes are making a run at titles at the NCAA track and field championships at Eugene, Ore. On Friday afternoon, USC's Bryshon Nellum competes in the 400-meter final, Aaron Brown in the 100 and Reggie Wyatt in the 400 hurdles. Nellum and Brown also qualified for Saturday's 200-meter final. Alitta Boyd and Melia Cox compete Friday in the final of the women's triple jump. USC's Remington Conaster earned eight points Friday and helped position the men's team for a possible shot at a team title by finishing second in the hammer with a mark of 224 feet 1 inch.
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