Area spectators will get an Olympic preview of sorts when George Mason University is the site of the Mobil One track meet next Sunday at the Recreation Sports Complex.
Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Evelyn Ashford (60-meter dash), world record holder Renaldo Nehemiah (60-meter hurdles) and gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee (60-meter hurdles) are scheduled to compete.
The meet, which will be telecast live on ESPN, will be one of 14 stops on the Mobil Indoor Grand Prix tour. Winners earn points at each stop that go toward season-end bonuses of up to $10,000.
Other potential Olympians competing for medals include Romanian Paula Ivan (800 meters) and Soviet Vladimir Krylov (400 meters).
U.S. record holder Steve Scott, two-time NCAA 1,500-meter champion; George Mason alumnus Abdi Bile; defending champion Sydney Maree, and Millrose Games winner Marcus O'Sullivan are expected to make the mile one of the most tightly contested events.
The 60-meter hurdles also has a strong field, with six of the top 10 ranked runners competing. The field includes two-time world champion Greg Foster, Tonie Campbell, 1984 Olympic champion Roger Kingdom and Nehemiah.
Among the area standouts will be Jefferson High School graduate and NCAA champion Alisa Harvey.
"I have no problem going after the best athletes, whether it's Jackie Joyner-Kersee or Abdi Bile," said John Cook, meet director and George Mason's track coach. "We wanted the best available talent within our budget. Period. I've spoken to meet directors at Millrose, the Vitalis meet, and without a doubt we have the deepest field of any meet in the country."
The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the meet will last from 7 to 10 p.m.