INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field have been awarded to Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). By a vote of 11-2, the USA Track & Field Board of Directors elected to return the Olympic Trials to the greater Los Angeles Area and the City of Walnut.
“We are extremely excited that the United States Olympic Committee and the USA Track & Field (USATF) Board of Directors have put their trust in Mt. SAC to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the greater Los Angeles area,” replied Mt. SAC President and CEO Dr. William Scroggins. “Mt. SAC is committed to making the 2020 Trials a memorable event for the athletes, fans and coaches of the sport. Mt. SAC last hosted the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1964, but has been a hub for the sport for many decades due to the vision of renowned coaches Hilmer Lodge and Don Ruh.”
Hilmer Lodge Stadium, on the Mt. SAC Campus, annually hosts over 100,000 people through its special events which include the Mt. SAC Relays, Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational, Footlocker West Regional Cross Country Championships and LA84 Foundation Programs (Youth Days / Instructional Clinic Programs).
As part of Mt. SAC’s Project 2020, the historic stadium is currently undergoing a complete renovation that is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. Hilmer Lodge Stadium has been the site of numerous historic moments including 20 world records in track & field, Olympic Trials, 2 national championships and the greatest day in track & field history where 6 world records were broken, or tied, in one evening.
“We are excited and humbled to be entrusted with hosting the Olympic Trials,” states Project 2020 Chair and Mt. SAC Athletic Special Events Director, Doug Todd. “Both Sacramento and Eugene have set a high standard in regards to how this flagship event should be presented. We look forward to welcoming the country’s best athletes, fans, coaches and volunteers. Working together with USATF and the U.S. Olympic Committee, we will deliver an Olympic Trials that is worthy of the great athletes who work so hard for the privilege to compete there.”
The 2020 Olympic Trials are scheduled for June 19th through the 28th (10 days). The Trials are expected to bring tens of thousands of fans, athletes and coaches to the event, which will determine the athletes who will represent the United States at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Please CLICK HERE to view the official USA Track & Field release on the awarding of the 2020 Olympic Trials.
Please CLICK HERE be directed to the Mt. SAC Project 2020 Website.
For more information, please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at (909) 274-4630.
(Courtesy Mt. San Antonio College Athletics)