By Joe Davidson Sacramento Bee Published: Friday, Jun. 12, 2009 - 12:00 am | Page 7C

Carter's heave, 1979 – On his final prep attempt, Michael Carter of Dallas put the shot a mind-numbing 81 feet, 3 1/2 inches for perhaps the greatest prep feat ever in any sport.

Casey at the pit, 1969 – With a prep-record 17-4 3/4 already cleared in the pole vault – 10th on the all-time world list – Casey Carrigan of Orting, Wash., went for the world record of 17-10. He missed but earned an ovation instead.

Ryun's dizzying double, 1965 – Already a legend with his sub-4-minute mile, Jim Ryun of Kansas pulled off his first distance double, taking the two mile in 9 minutes, 4.0 seconds and the mile in 4:04.3 to set a Hughes Stadium record that stood for 15 years.

Nice socks, 1972 – Kenny Duncan of McClatchy – on his sixth and final try – long jumped 26-2 1/4 to set a prep record that stood for 27 years. He credited his lucky brown nylon socks.

Marion matters, 1993 – The greatest prep sprinter in history, Marion Jones of Thousand Oaks set GWI records in the 100 (11.31), 200 (23.01) and long jump (20-9), long before any drug scandals.

The air up there, 2003 – Tommy Skipper of Sandy, Ore., always kept his late brother Art, a former prep legend himself, in mind, and did so when he set the national prep mark in the pole vault with an 18-3 effort.

Kamy goes long, 1987 – The only GWI field event that rivals Carter's in '79 is what Kamy Keshmiri did when he threw the discus 225-2 and left the GWI with the top 10 prep marks in history.

Distance sizzlers, 2006 – It was a sprint to the finish as Jordan Hasay of San Luis Obispo held off Alex Kosinski of Oak Ridge in the best girls race in GWI history, winning the mile in 4:42.21 (to 4:42.83).

Go West, young man, 1968 – Three years after Ryun won the GWI mile and a year after another prep legend, Marty Liquori, did so, along came Cliff West, the Kennedy cruiser who won in 4:14.1 as fans poured onto the track in appreciation.

Beamon goes air, 1965 – Bob Beamon of Queens was so frustrated with the long jump here that he nearly ditched it after becoming the first prep to soar 50 feet in the triple jump, though he rediscovered his long jump touch later.