ATASCADERO — The 20th season of the Atascadero
All Comers quite literally means all that come can participate. This week there were athletes competing as young as 3 years old and all the way up to one gentleman participating in the pole vault at the age of 76.
These meets began 20 years ago under the watch of USA National Track coach Harry Marry and local youth track coach Dina Coppo. Over the years, Atascadero’s summer venue has been home to some of the world’s greatest athletes, including reigning Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, who used to workout at these
Some people come for the speed while others come for the cute, the funny, and the inspiring, but everyone has their personal favorite event.
“The 6-and-under hurdles is my favorite event,” former Atascadero athletic director Don Clickard said. “I don’t have any video but I’ll tell you why. They have six little guys on the line and they take off running, one little
Just a few paces back from the track where the kids were racing over the hurdles was the pole vault pit and one of the meets most seasoned competitors, Nels Severson who is 76. Severson holds a couple records at the All Comers meets in the Master's men 70-plus division and is back for more this year.
“I have been coming here off and on for five or six years,” Severson said. “And this is just a great opportunity for anybody that feels they still have something to prove to themselves, or their wife or their girlfriend or whatever.”