Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Raines Set for Bob Hayes Meet; by Clayton Freeman

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Raines Set for Bob Hayes Meet; by Clayton Freeman

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Byline: cfreeman@jacksonville.com

After a winter to remember, Raines is set for one more cardinal red-letter event before flipping the calendar to spring.

Long billed as the nation's largest one-day high school track event, the Bob Hayes Invitational Track Meet will draw hundreds of schools to Raines between Friday's middle school competition and the high school main event that kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday.

"Basically, you're running the state track meet right here," said James Day, in his 51st year as meet director.

Day said at the annual press conference held Tuesday that schools from five states are expected to compete, the most distant one coming from Chicago, at the 54th annual competition in honor of Hayes.

A graduate of the old Matthew Gilbert High School, Hayes won the 100 meters at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo to earn the title of the fastest man in the world. The double gold medalist later won a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys. …

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