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EUGENE, Ore. – Four months ago, on a site visit to Hayward Field in preparation for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel stood at the Powell Plaza entrance to the storied facility and delivered an emphatic message:

“TrackTown, here we come.”

On Sunday, at the conclusion of the historic meet, which was held on U.S. soil for the first time, Gabriel had plenty of kind words for the citizens of TrackTown, who not only demonstrated their passion for the sport, but more important, their friendly and generous nature as they welcomed their visitors from afar …


Little earns TrackTown trifecta at World Juniors

EUGENE, Ore. – It all came together for Texas A&M freshman Shamier Little at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Saturday.

Before a crowd of 10,382 at sun-baked Hayward Field, she completed the TrackTown trifecta with a victory in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.66 seconds.

Earlier this season, the distinctive Little, who sports braces, black-rimmed glasses and a tidy red-white-and-blue bow in her hair, also captured NCAA and USA Junior titles on the University of Oregon track.

“To go 55 seconds at this stage of the season, it’s great,” said Little, who hails from Chicago. “Most hurdlers …


World Junior hammer champ tests Hayward's boundaries

EUGENE, Ore. – When Lance Deal, the Director of Track & Field Venues and Program Support at the University of Oregon, helped design the current configuration of the hammer field at Hayward Field, he placed the boundary fence at the back of the sector at 88 meters.

And with good reason.

Deal, a four-time Olympian, who set the U.S. hammer record of 82.52 meters (270 feet, 9 inches) in 1996, the same season he won a silver medal at the Atlanta Summer Games, wanted to make sure the fence was beyond the world record of 86.74m.

Nobody has come close …


World Junior record highlights magical night at Hayward

EUGENE, Ore. – The magic was back at Hayward Field on Thursday.

There were loud and spontaneous celebrations among the athlete groups sitting in the East Grandstands, a jaw-dropping world junior record from French hurdler Wilhem Belocian, an historic race from Team USA’s Mary Cain in the 3,000 meters and utter dominance in the men’s shot put.

In all, it made for an electric evening of entertainment for the 8,112 fans in attendance on the third day of competition at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.

Where to begin?

Perhaps the 110-meter high hurdles, where Belocian …



EUGENE, Ore. – Speed, endurance and versatility.

All three of those attributes were on display before a crowd of 7,085 at historic Hayward Field on Wednesday during the second day of competition at the IAAF World Junior Championships.

After watching the first two rounds of qualifying, not too many were surprised that Team USA went 1-2 in the men’s 100 meters, but the one who broke the tape in first place was a bit of a shock.

On a cool evening, and running into a slight headwind, Kendal Williams put together the best race of his life as he defeated …


Baton in This Race Is the Conductor’s

EUGENE, Ore. — Down the road from Hayward Field at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, the conductor, composer and music professor Brian McWhorter was brooding.

McWhorter, tall and lanky, sat in his office surrounded by sheet music and trumpet mutes, stewing over his next assignment: to compose a musical score to accompany a 10,000-meter race taking place here Tuesday at the I.A.A.F. World Junior Championships.

It is possibly the first time that original music will be performed live here during one of track’s most punishing events at perhaps its most popular site. And the assignment created …


IAAF World Juniors off to rousing start

EUGENE, Ore. – A solo do-over in the women’s 100 meters for Ecuador’s supremely talented Angela Tenorio. An original musical score played throughout the entire 25-lap men’s 10,000-meter final. The seventh-best high jump mark in the history of the heptathlon.

And the usual loud and attentive Hayward Field crowd of 6,852 track and field fans mixed with a distinctive international flavor.

These were the highlights of Day One at the 15th edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships on Tuesday.

For the 18-year-old Tenorio, who became …


IAAF activates Athletics for a Better World program at World Juniors

EUGENE, Ore. – With this summer’s IAAF World Junior Championship Oregon 2014 happening at one of the most sustainably oriented locations on the planet – historic Hayward Field, the IAAF has decided to activate its landmark social responsibility program, Athletics for a Better World (ABW), at the event from July 22-27.

The ABW program harnesses the commitment and energy of the worldwide athletics family to inspire lasting change for social good. TrackTown USA and IAAF are partnering with the City of Eugene to implement the ABW program at Oregon 2014 by pursuing certification by the Council for Responsible Sport (Council), …


David Rudisha Twitter Q&A

The World Record holder and the 2012 Olympic champion in the 800m David Rudisha spent an hour answering fans’ questions on the @Oregon14WJC twitter account. Rudisha was a 2006 World Junior Champion before becoming the Olympic Champion. See all the questions and answers here, and follow David Rudisha’s golden success on his twitter account here:


Run TrackTown - A celebration of running like no other

EUGENE, Ore. – So, exactly what is “Run TrackTown?”

It’s a celebration of running unlike any other, and it will happen at the intersection of two major sporting events in TrackTown USA next week – the IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon 2014 and the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon.

The idea is to bridge the gap between people who run and people who are track and field fans. More people participate in running in the U.S. than any other sport, yet track and field remains somewhat of a …


Jehue Gordon Twitter Q&A

2010 World Junior Champion in the 400m hurdles Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago takes over the @Oregon14WJC Twitter account to answer all your questions. Jehue Gordon was also a 2013 World Champion in the 400m hurdles.


Olympic gold medalist headlines triple jump field at High Performance meet

EUGENE, Ore. – Christian Taylor, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump, is headed to TrackTown USA.

Taylor, who also struck gold at the 2011 IAAF World Championships with his personal best leap of 58 feet, 11 ¼ inches, headlines the men’s triple jump field at the Run TrackTown High Performance track and field meet on Saturday, July 26 at Hayward Field.

The two-time USA outdoor champion will be challenged by fellow Florida graduate Omar Craddock, Chris Carter, Ryan Grinnell, Josh Honeycutt and Senegal native Mamadou Gueye.

Carter won the U.S. indoor title with a mark of 56-3 …


Top U.S. middle distance runners in women’s 4x800-meter relay

EUGENE, Ore. – Many of the top women’s middle distance runners in the U.S. and Canada will be on display at Run TrackTown’s High Performance track and field meet at Hayward Field on Saturday, July 26.

Five teams have submitted entries for the women’s 4×800-meter relay, which is shaping up to be one of the night’s featured events.

The meet, which follows Saturday’s session of the IAAF World Junior Championships (2:30 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.) promises a multitude of world-class performers competing for $57,000 in prize money in six individual events and two relays.

The women’s 4x800m relay includes teams …


High Performance meet set for Hayward Field debut

EUGENE, Ore. – Like a Russian nesting doll with multiple layers of surprises, Run TrackTown continues to grow in scope and quality.

The weeklong festival of running, which brings together two major sporting events in TrackTown USA this month – the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships (July 22-27) and the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon (July 27) – also features the debut of a High Performance track and field meet on Saturday, July 26 at Hayward Field.

Free to all those attending the World Juniors that night, the meet promises a bevy of world-class men’s and women’s performers competing for …


Sally Pearson Twitter Q&A

2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 100m hurdles Sally Pearson of Austrialia takes over the @Oregon14WJC twitter account to answer all your questions. She was also a 2004 Bronze medalist at the World Junior Championships in Grosseto.


Shaunae Miller Twitter Q&A

2010 400m World Junior Champion Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas takes over the @Oregon14WJC twitter account to answer all your questions. See all the questions and answers here.


Nickel Ashmeade Twitter Q&A

Two-time silver medalist at the World Junior Championships Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica takes over the @Oregon14WJC twitter account and answers all your questions. He was also a 2013 gold medalist at the World Championships in the 4x100m relay.


National Records Fall At USA Juniors

EUGENE, Ore. – The agony and ecstasy of track and field was on full display on the first day of competition at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field on Saturday.

In the men’s 100 meters, Trentavis Friday, of Gastonia, N.C., wowed a crowd of 2,500 spectators by shattering the national high school record in the 100 meters with a blazing time of 10.00 seconds in the first semifinal.

In the second semifinal, World Junior record-holder and reigning NCAA champion Trayvon Bromell, a freshman at Baylor, jetted to victory in 10.08, setting up a tantalizing final.

Unfortunately for Friday, …


Blanka Vlasic Twitter Q&A

One of the best high jumpers ever, twice World Junior champion, twice World champion and Olympic medalist, Croatia’s Blanka Vlasic, answered her fans’ questions on the Oregon 14 WJCH Twitter on Wednesday, July 2.