Trafton and Johnson Win in San Luis Obispo, by Karen Locke, Note by Larry Eder


The Olympic champion ( she is featured in Spring American Track & Field 2009), Stephanie Brown Trafton, won at Cal Poly Invitaitonal yesterday. Chelsea Johnson, homegrown from Atascadero, CA, a graduate of UCLA and now jumping for Nike, won and has the US leading outdoor vault mark.

San Luis Obispo, CA--Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Trafton didn't disappoint spectators at the Cal Poly Invitational on Saturday, winning the discus with a best of 199 feet, 5 1/4 inches.

The Cal Poly graduate spent the afternoon chatting with fans and local media, signing autographs and enjoying a warm Central Coast welcome on the track. Trafton, a gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games, drew plenty of oh's and ah's from the crowd with her towering tosses and closed the competition, as expected, with the winning mark.

Atascadero product Chelsea Johnson, competing for Nike, won the woman's pole vault with 4.52 meters, or 14 feet, 10 inches, clearance and U.S. leading mark.

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