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Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

LDS Teen Follows Father in Track & Field

MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA -- Jacob Gustafsson, son of former Olympic silver medalist Bo Gustafsson, moved to Mission Viejo four years ago with his mother after his parents divorce. His mother desired to live in a community where they could follow their Mormon faith. "We felt like we were meant to move here," Gustafsson said. "You know when you're religious, you might feel like a spirit is telling you to go somewhere? My mother felt like she needed to move here."

Gustafsson's father, Bo, remained in Sweden and receives annual visits from his son. Bo was a silver medalist in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He medaled in the 50-kilometer racewalk and is currently the national record-holder in the event. Jacob competed in racewalking and running events while growing up in Sweden and ran his first marathon at age 10. He ran the L.A. marathon shortly after his l5th birday with a time of 3 hours 10 minutes and was the fourth-best in the 17 and under division.

At 16 Gustafsson has experienced a successful sophomore track and field season at Mission Viejo High. He quickly joined the top ranks as the youngest runner to qualify for the Southern Section Division I finals in the 800 meters finishing sixth in 1:56:45. He also won the Division II junior race at the Laguna Hills Invitational on September, 9. In Saturday's Woodbridge Invitational he finished fourth in the Division I Junior race with a time of 15:42 in the three-mile.

Coach Gene Gurule encourages his Mission Viejo athletes to race against the best. "They're going to have to run with these guys sooner or later," Gurule said. He would like Gustafsson to focus on the 3,200 meters this spring but feels he isn't ready to compare him to 1997 Times Orange County runner of the year. "Gleason was nails," Gurule said. "He didn't let too many runners get passed him."

Gustafsson doesn't let Gurule's comparison keep him from making some of his own. "I beat [Gleason's] freshman record in the 1,600 and I beat his sophomore record in the 1,600 so I'm ahead of him right now," Gustafsson said.

The Mission Viejo Diablos will vie for their fourth consecutive South Coast League title in the upcoming weeks. Expecting to face stiff competition from top-ranked Dana Hills and fourth-ranked El Toro, Gustafsson says, "We always come together at league finals." "That's why we've won it three years in a row now."


For Gustafsson, It's Run, Don't Walk
Los Angeles Times 19Sep00 S2
By Dan Arritt


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