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OTC Elite Represents at 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite will be well represented with 14 athletes entered in the 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento this week.

The five-day meet begins today with the men’s and women’s shot put being contested in front of the State Capitol building. The rest of the meet, including the men’s and women’s junior combined events (under 20), will run from Thursday through Sunday.

The reigning NCAA champion Oregon men will have seven athletes at the meet, including two junior decathletes. The UO women, who placed third at the NCAA meet, …


Swede seeks to defend IAAF World Junior javelin title

EUGENE, Ore. – As the defending champion in the javelin, Swedish national record-holder Sofi Flink is poised to join select company as two-time winners at the IAAF World Junior Championships.

Athletes must be 19 years old or younger during the calendar year to be eligible for the World Juniors and Flink’s first javelin title came as a 17-year-old in Barcelona in 2012.

The IAAF World Junior Championships, which began with the inaugural event in Athens, Greece in 1986, are held every two years. They will be hosted in the United States for …


Flag sponsorship program connects community with IAAF World Junior Championships

Eugene, Ore. – Creswell’s Lonn Robertson spent a good portion of his childhood watching the world’s best track and field athletes perform at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

“Since I was 5-years-old,” he said. “Sitting in the east grandstands, and watching the likes of Jim Ryun, Marty Liquori, Frank Shorter, and Steve (Prefontaine), I’ve known my home of Hayward Field and The Track Capital of the World.”

This summer, TrackTown USA will welcome the world to Hayward Field as it plays host to the IAAF World Junior Championships – Oregon 2014.

The six-day meet will …



EUGENE, Ore. – It lasted less than 10 seconds, but Trayvon Bromell’s Hayward Field debut in the NCAA 100-meter semifinal left the stadium buzzing about what he would do next. 

In Friday’s final, Bromell delivered a resounding answer.

Lined up next to two seniors, Baylor’s freshman sensation scorched the field with a wind-legal 9.97-second performance, smashing the previous world junior record of 10.01. Not only did Bromell become the first NCAA athlete since Walter Dix in 2005 to win the 100 meters as a freshman, he also established himself as the man to beat at next month’s IAAF World Junior …


Williams tunes up for World Juniors with NCAA title

When Georgia freshman Kendell Williams was tripped and fell to the track on the first turn of the 800 meters in the final event of the heptathlon on Friday, she was able to get back up as fast as possible.

But the tumble took its toll.

By the final 200 meters, she “completely hit a wall,” and for an instant, she thought she had lost her chance at the title at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.
“I’ve never fallen in the 800,” said Williams, who celebrates her 19th birthday today. “Going into the run, my …


Berry embodies volunteer spirit at NCAAs

It was raining, so the picnic on the White House lawn being held in honor of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team was moved indoors, and a reception line soon formed with President Bush and his wife, Barbara, greeting members of Team USA.

Paula Berry was in that line.

The native of tiny Dayville, Ore. – population 125 and a high school graduating class of 10 – had won an NCAA javelin title for the Ducks in 1991, and went on to become one of two female javelin throwers to represent …


Olympic dreams take flight

Ian Dobson remembers the moment his Olympic dream took flight.

During an event at his elementary school, decathlon world record-holder Dan O’Brien predicted that someone in the crowd might one day go to the Olympics. Dobson decided it was going to be him.

“Dan made the Olympics real in my mind. He gave me something I could grab on to,” Dobson says. “I shook his hand and thought, ‘I want to do that.’”

Dobson, who would go on to represent Team USA in the 5,000 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, shared that memory with 800 middle-school students at …


All Hail King Cheserek!

Oregon’s phenomenal freshman, Edward Cheserek, delighted a crowd of 9,165 spectators at Hayward Field on Wednesday night when he unleashed a blistering kick to win the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track &Field Championships.

It was the fourth national title in as many tries for the native Kenyan, who was content to bide his time for most of the race before rocketing to the lead with 250 meters left. He sprinted across the finish line in a time of 28 minutes, 30.18 seconds.

Cheserek’s final 200 was an eye-popping 24.8 seconds to finish off a sensational last lap of …



For those of you unfamiliar with that acronym, it stands for Fan Interactive Zone, and it has become a vital component of both the fan and student-athlete experience at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The meet opens today at historic Hayward Field with more than 1,100 men’s and women’s Division I collegiate athletes from 189 schools vying for individual honors in 42 events, plus men’s and women’s team trophies.

More than 40,000 spectators are expected to stream into Hayward Field over the next four days to watch the meet, and judging by last year’s debut, the “FIZ” will …


Patrolling the Bowerman Curve

EUGENE, Ore. –The Oregon women’s 4×400-meter relay team will be chasing its third national crown in the past five years this week at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

If they reach Saturday’s final, as expected, they will sprint past an umpire who helped seal the school’s very first national title in that event – Grace Bakari, a veteran of 16 years as a meet official at Hayward Field, and one of Oregon’s all-time great sprinters.

At the 1980 AIAW Championships (a predecessor of the NCAA meet), Bakari and UCLA’s Oralee Fowler charged into the …


Rupp breaks own U.S. record in 10K to steal Pre spotlight

EUGENE, Ore.There were 11 world-leading marks, two American records, seven meet records, seven field records and more than 20,000 spectators spread across two days at the 40th edition of the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field.

In other words, it was a typical Pre meet.

More than 7,000 fans turned out for the free “Distance Night in Eugene” show on Friday, followed by a sold-out crowd of 13,158 for the main program on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon.

In the end, it was a hometown hero who stole the show as University of Oregon alum Galen Rupp returned to the …