Inside Track

UO coach Johnson dazzles at TrackTown Tuesday

The second TrackTown Tuesday of 2020 lived up to its mission statement to cover the sport at all levels–community, collegiate and elite.

First up was Oregon track and field head coach Robert Johnson and three of his jumpers: Rhesa Foster, Isaiah Griffith and Lexi Ellis, all of whom sit in the second place spots on the UO all-time indoor performance lists in either the long jump or triple jump. Griffith, in fact, informed the crowd, “I plan on winning both.”

The heart of the segment belonged to Johnson, who went off-script to fit in some real talk with the Eugene …


TrackTown Tuesday Kicks off the Olympic Year with a Bang

TrackTown Tuesday couldn’t have started its 2020 series off with a more riveting opener than the exclusive showcase of “The Hunt,” a short film documenting the time trial turned epic performance that went down in September at the iconic “track in the woods” on Nike’s Beaverton headquarters.

While any race on U.S. soil that sends three men to a 5,000m in 13:00 or below is noteworthy in rarity, on display in “The Hunt” are the unquantifiable aspects that go into breakthrough performance trust in teammates, energy from a psyched crowd, the abundance of f-bombs (a la Shalane Flanagan) needed to …