Inside Track

Team Eaton opens at Sam Adams Invite

EUGENE, Ore. – Team Eaton has landed in sunny California this week.

The Oregon Track Club Elite triumvirate of multi-event coach Harry Marra and his star pupils, Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, has set up training camp for the next six weeks at Westmont College in Santa Barbara to prepare for the 2014 outdoor track and field season.

For Eaton, the 26-year-old Olympic gold medalist and World Champion in the decathlon, it will be a chance to emotionally and physically recharge after three years of intense competition.

“The pressure is off,” said Eaton, the world-record holder in the decathlon and …


Local runners bring strong Oregon presence to Boston Marathon

Think Oregonians like to run?

A total of 463 runners from the state of Oregon are listed among the entrants for the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.

Those numbers come to you courtesy of the Boston Athletic Association.

Thirty-eight of the Oregon registrants list Eugene or Springfield as their hometown, with another dozen entrants from the surrounding area. Here’s the official BAA breakdown: Eugene (31), Springfield (7), Creswell (3), Coos Bay (2), Veneta (1), Coburg (1), Junction City (1), Harrisburg (1), Roseburg (1), Yoncalla (1) and North Bend (1).

Two Eugene runners are listed in the “elite” category.


University of Oregon's Cullen Prena maps out plan for IAAF World Juniors

EUGENE, Ore. – As the collegiate outdoor track and field season moves forward and the IAAF World Junior Championships draw near, thrower Cullen Prena is proving to be an athlete to keep an eye on. At 19 years old, Prena is eligible to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships that will take place this summer, July 22-27, at Hayward Field.

Prena first caught the attention of University of Oregon throws coach, Erik Whitsitt, during his junior year at Walled Lake Central High School in Walled Lake, Mich.

“Somebody with his talent …


Boldon impressed by "Special Crop" of World Junior sprinters

EUGENE, Ore. – Twenty-two years ago, when a wide-eyed Ato Boldon settled into his airplane seat, headed for the 1992 IAAF World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea, he had no idea what the future had in store for him.

“I didn’t even know what it was I had qualified for,” he said.

After all, just five weeks earlier, the 18-year-old Boldon had represented his native Trinidad & Tobago at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where he failed to get out of the quarterfinal heats in the 100m and 200m.

Upon his subsequent return …


Special unveiling highlights next TrackTown Tuesday

A special unveiling, a one-of-a-kind keepsake and exclusive insider’s content are all on tap for the next “TrackTown Tuesday” event at the Downtown Athletic Club on April 8.

Be the first to know the latest scoop on the single greatest championship season of track and field in Hayward Field history.

The free one-hour show begins at 7 p.m.

Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. Appetizers will be available for purchase and $3 will get you a pint of beer poured by Hop Valley Brewing Company. Free parking can be found at the adjacent Overpark with no validation required …