Inside Track

Room at the Inn for Eugene Marathon

This summer, the eighth annual Eugene Marathon will cross paths with the IAAF World Junior Championships at historic Hayward Field.

The convergence of these two events is designed to provide a rare opportunity to connect elite and recreational runners with passionate track and field fans and the outstanding young athletes that will be performing.

The pinnacle arrives on Sunday, July 27.

On that date, thousands of runners will participate in the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon, where they can literally run in the footsteps of legends such as Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar and Ashton Eaton. The final 200 meters of …


Team Eaton faces big challenges this weekend

Team Eaton will be competing more than 5,000 miles apart this weekend.

When Ashton Eaton, the reigning Olympic gold medalist and World Champion in the decathlon, settles into the blocks of the 110-meter high hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field on Saturday, his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, will have already completed Day One of the heptathlon at the prestigious Hypo Meeting in Götzis, Austria.

These are both significant meets on their respective competitive calendars for the outdoor season.

“I’m very antsy for competition,” said Eaton, whose personal best of 13.35 seconds is the “slowest” in the eight-man field. “I’m …


Sheila Reid joins Oregon Track Club Elite

Middle distance and distance standout Sheila Reid, a 2012 Olympian and 2013 IAAF World Championships qualifier, is coming to TrackTown USA.

Oregon Track Club Elite coach Mark Rowland confirmed Friday that the five-time NCAA champion at Villanova will join the Eugene-based post-collegiate training group later this season.

“Sheila is exactly the type of athlete that the OTC Elite hopes to attract to TrackTown USA,” Rowland said. “We are excited to welcome her as a member of our squad.”

Reid, who is currently working as a volunteer assistant at Villanova, is hoping to open the 2014 outdoor season at the Prefontaine …


UO connects students, faculty with World Juniors

This summer, the world is coming to the University of Oregon.

From July 22-27, the IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon 2014 will be staged at Hayward Field, the first time ever on U.S. soil. The six-day meet showcases the world’s best track and field athletes under the age of 20.

These are the Olympians of tomorrow.

More than 1,700 athletes from 178 different countries will arrive in our community and be housed in an “athletes’ village” at selected UO residence halls. They will be accompanied by another 700 team officials and coaches.

It will be the largest IAAF event ever …


Willamette HS to celebrate 50th anniversary of inaugural girls state meet

Fifty years ago, a 13-year-old girl named Margaret Johnson, who was competing for Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Eugene, set a U.S. high school and age-group record in the 100-yard dash.

Johnson, who would go on to win a gold medal for Team USA in the 4×100-meter relay at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, established that record at the first Oregon state high school girls’ track and field championships.

The state meet, which was divided into 13-under and 14-over competitions, was held at Willamette High School on May 23, 1964. Janice Hughes of Pleasant Hill and Linda …


Boldon to World Juniors: 'You're going to get spoiled'

EUGENE, Ore. – With the official announcement that 177 countries have expressed interest in competing at the IAAF World Junior Championships this summer, one thing is certain:

This will be the largest IAAF event ever contested on U.S. soil.

The six-day meet, which features the world’s best track and field athletes under the age of 20, will be held July 22-27 at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

More than 1,700 athletes from around the world are expected to compete at the meet, which is being staged in the U.S. for the first time, providing a rare …


World Juniors Revisited: Lashinda Demus

EUGENE, Ore. – Twelve years ago, 19-year-old Lashinda Demus claimed gold and a world junior record in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.

That moment was one of many that Demus would add to an extensive list of track and field achievements that include two Olympics, four World Championships and an American record in the 400-meter hurdles.

Today, as the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships come to U.S. soil for the first time, Demus recalled how …


Fast times at Payton Jordan for OTC Elite

Three personal bests and a triumphant return to the track were all highlights of a phenomenal season-opening performance by several Oregon Track Club Elite athletes at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford last Sunday.

Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego, who missed the entire 2013 season with a broken foot, set thepace with a meet record in the women’s 10,000 meters. The native of Kenya led for 21 of the 25 laps and finished with a winning time of 30 minutes, 42.26 seconds in her season debut on the track.

Oregon Track Club Elite’s Sally Kipyego easily won the 10,000 …