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USATF Track and Field Olympic Trials: Vessey, Patterson and Howe have Olympics in their sights

Published Friday July 1

When elite 800-meter runner Maggie Vessey moved back to Santa Cruz at the beginning of the year, she did it to save money and enjoy the comforts of home. So imagine her reaction when her neighbors banded together and went door-to-door to raise money to send Vessey, who has been without a major sponsor for 2 and a half years, to this weekend’s United States Track and Field Olympic Trials.

“Sometimes you can get so caught up in what you’re doing when there’s a large event,” the Soquel High alumna commented “and when people take the trouble of making a special effort to get you there, it just touches my heart.”

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