Inside Track

Alexi Pappas: What the President said

EUGENE, Ore. – My family stood together in the small waiting room just outside the Oval Office, nervously smiling like a group of kids waiting their turn at the top of a waterslide. My brother Louis stood at the front of our pack, ready to walk in first – he had spent the past few years working on President Obama’s staff, and this was his last day on the job. The Oval Office door cracked open and laughter spilled out into the waiting room. The family ahead of us walked out, and there he was: the President of the United …


IAAF World Junior Championships earn Gold status in sustainability

EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown USA and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) combined to produce one of the most sustainable multi-day sporting events in history at Hayward Field last summer.

The six-day IAAF World Junior Championships, which attracted nearly 1,600 athletes from 167 different countries – all age 19 or under – was recently awarded Gold Level Certification by the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS). In order to receive a “gold medal,” an event must earn 75 percent of the total available credits in meeting …


Team Eaton takes a swing at new training concepts

EUGENE, Ore. – If Team Eaton of Oregon Track Club Elite can set personal bests in the shot put, discus or javelin this season, they just might owe a debt of gratitude to an unlikely source: San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Harry Marra, who has guided the ascendant track and field careers of the husband-and-wife team of Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton ever since he joined the University of Oregon coaching staff in the fall of 2009, is a huge baseball fan.

As a kid growing up in upstate New York, he would often accompany his father to the …