Olympic champion Tommie Smith inspires a new generation of track and field athletes

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Leahseneth “Lacey” O’Neal, who was a member of the 1964 and 1972 Olympic Teams, helped organize the meet and coordinated the medal presentation. O’Neal ran the 80m low hurdles in 1964, and the 100m high hurdles in 1972, making it as far as the semi-finals in both of her Olympic appearances.

“I’m trying to encourage us to start to get open runners to come to this meet,” O’Neal said. An open runner is not affiliated with a track club or a team.

“That way, we could start drawing some some Olympic caliber talent along with the young kids. During an Olympic year there’s more hype, but once these kids get involved in track and field, they love it.”

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