JACKSONVILLE – The 58th Annual Bob Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet will open at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 18, at the University of North Florida Hodges Stadium.
The meet honors the achievements of Jacksonville native “Bullet” Bob Hayes, who’s success in the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games was the catalyst to start the annual event. Hayes set a world record and won the 100-meter title, went on to win the 4×100-meter relay at the same Games, and was awarded two gold medals for his triumphs. Hayes is the only person ever to win an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl championship ring, which he won in 1972 as a player with the Dallas Cowboys.
For almost six decades, the meet has showcased superior performance by developing a student-centered culture while consistently delivering the mission of service, value, and enrichment through integrity, excellence and responsibility.
The executive committee of the organization is partnering with William M. Raines High School, the City of Jacksonville and the University of North. All events take place in Jacksonville and will highlight students from inside and outside of Florida, providing a longterm impact on the city.
Leading up to the annual meet, several events are planned beginning Sunday, March 12, 10 a.m., with a Worship Service at Potter’s House International Ministries. On March 14, a press conference will be held at 12 p.m. at UNF Hodges Stadium. The events culminate on Friday, March 17 with the James “Coach” Day Memorial Middle School Clinic and Track Meet, 3 p.m., at UNF Hodges Stadium, followed by a 7 p.m. cook out at Charles “Boobie” Clark Park for the ofﬁcials, coaches and VIPs.