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Paris Edwards to run at Golden West

Ashland High sophomore Paris Edwards will appear in the 40th Annual Golden West Invitational track and field meet Saturday in Sacramento.

The Golden West is the nation's premier prep meet and its performers have appeared in every Olympic Games since 1964.

Edwards is entered in the mile run based on a 4:34.5 run in the 1,500 meters at the Gladstone Meet of Champions. The mark was converted to 4:54.7 in the mile, ranking her among the top nine in the country.

I wanted to see her get in this kind of competition, running against the best in the nation, Ashland coach Bob Julian says.

Edwards was third in last fall's Class 4A state cross country meet and in the 1,500 meters at last month's state track meet in Eugene.

She is the third Ashland runner to be invited to the meet. Rose Schneider appeared in 1987 and Sarah Brandy in 1995. Last year was the first year underclassmen were included in the field.

There's a possibility of Paris running a 4:50, and for her to be in the top four she's going to have to run that fast, Julian says. She's not going to be one of the favorites and she's running against quality people that have run quite a bit faster at this point. But she's going to try to stay with them as best she can.

State 1,500 runner-up Laura Harmon of Jesuit is entered with a converted 4:55.0-mile mark. Aljeandra Barrientos of Felton, Calif. (4:47.0), Amy Mortimer of Riley, Kan. (4:48.2) and Sarah Bei of Santa Rosa, Calif. (4:52.0) are ranked among the top six nationally.

Four other girls from Oregon are entered in the meet: Katie Polansky of South Eugene (javelin), Sarah Malone of Newberg (javelin), Dana Huseby of Hood River (pole vault) and Dominique Green of Lakeridge (triple jump).

Five Oregon boys are slated to appear: Stephen Longhlin of Jesuit (mile), Erik Heinonen of South Eugene (3,200 meters), Trevor Woods of Marshfield (pole vault), Joey McCain of St. Paul (javelin) and Bryant Strot of Gresham (discus and hammer throw).