Russell Cup Track & Field Meet to Celebrate 100 Years
Each year, hundreds of athletes from all over the state compete in the Russell Cup Track & Field Meet at Carpinteria High School. This year’s 100th anniversary event on Saturday, April 13 will include more than the usual running, jumping and throwing. Special activities planned for the historic meet include opening ceremonies, throwback races, a tent with Russell Cup memorabilia, souvenirs for sale, and a barbecue after the meet in the gymnasium.
“We are looking forward to outstanding day of competition, reminiscing and celebration,” said Meet Director Van Latham.
Tickets are on sale now for the barbecue that will follow the competition at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. The menu will include tri-tip, chicken, beans, salad and garlic bread, and the cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple, and $10 for children. To purchase, visit www.warriorcountry.com/track/RussellCup/BBQ.html.
The Russell Cup Track & Field Meet is California’s oldest high school track meet. Named after the Russell family, which donated the silver cup awarded to winning teams during the early years of the event, the meet has drawn tens of thousands of fine athletes from all over the state, including five future Olympians, to the small town of Carpinteria. Several record-setting competitors from decades past will attend the 100th anniversary event. Among these returning athletes is Sari Small, who competed in the first Russell Cup open to female athletes in the 1960 and went on to break the state record in the 75-yard dash.
To learn more about the history of the Russell Cup Meet, visit www.russellcup.com.