Carmel Elementary student Wesley Bird couldn't pass up this golden opportunity.


The youngster had a chance to not only meet Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay at Azusa Pacific University where he trains, but the athlete let Wesley wear his treasured medal. In addition, distance runner Wesley also got a few pointers from Clay, who last summer won the decathlon in Beijing.


On Friday, March 20, Clay will be at Mesquite Trails Elementary to partipate in the school's walk-a-thon event.


Clay is a friend of Mesquite Trails principal Dave Stewart, who was an international caliber decathlete before coming to the Hesperia Unified School District. Stewart is an avid supporter of athletics, especially for youngsters.