Inside Track

Laura Roesler & Deon Lendore Honored with 2014 Bowerman Trophies

PHOENIX – Texas A&M sprinter Deon Lendore and Oregon mid-distance runner Laura Roesler were awarded The Bowerman Trophy as the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes of the 2013-14 season in a ceremony held Wednesday evening at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa as part of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention.

Roesler is the first female athlete from the Pac-12 to win the award, and Lendore is the first male athlete from the SEC to win. Lendore is from Trinidad & Tobago, making his win the fourth …


The 2014 Bowerman Trophy presentation - Live Tonight

PHOENIX— Only a few hours remain until one man and one woman will be awarded collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor – The Bowerman Trophy – in a live-streamed ceremony tonight at 8:25pm ET from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

For the women, the nominees in the sixth year of the award are Laura Roesler of Oregon, Courtney Okolo of Texas, and Sharika Nelvis of Arkansas State. The male nominees are Deon Lendore of Texas A&M, Edward Cheserek of Oregon, and Lawi Lalang of Arizona.



Channelling your inner racing bug: How to survive outside the box

EUGENE, Ore. – I keep my running shoes by the front door, like many people do. I also keep my bugs by the front door – intruders, ants mostly, who occasionally find their way into and onto my shoes. The invasions are especially frequent this month, when the warmest place in Eugene is a house, and the warmest place in a house is inside a shoe.

I can only imagine how strange it must feel for the ant, who has just successfully escaped the Eugene rain into the safety of my shoe, to suddenly find his (or her) new home …


America's greatest hammer thrower is the real Deal

EUGENE, Ore. – As the story goes, Lance Deal, a raw but talented left-handed discus thrower from Montana State, was supposed to be in town for just a couple of weeks.

The year was 1985, and at the behest of his collegiate coach, Mike Carignan, arrangements were made for Deal to drive to Eugene and spend a few days training with Stewart Togher, a transplanted Scot, who was the University of Oregon throws coach.

Carignan had crossed paths with Togher earlier that season, and asked him, “Hey, I’ve got this 200-foot left-handed discus thrower and I think he may be …