Inside Track

For Team USA, countdown to 2021 starts now

EUGENE, Ore. – In six years, the 2021 IAAF World Championships come to the U.S. for the first time in history.

The single largest sporting event in the world that year will take place on American soil in a modernized and renovated Hayward Field. This represents an extraordinary opportunity for all of us who share a deep passion for the sport of track and field.

We must be ready to meet the challenge. By the time that meet arrives, we want the athletes who proudly wear the Team USA uniform to be household names in this country.

How do we …


Tom Ragsdale, founder of OTC All Comers Meets, dies at age 90

Tom Ragsdale, one of the founders of the Oregon Track Club’s annual summer All Comers Meets and a key OTC volunteer at Hayward Field’s major meets, passed away May 21 at age 90.

A teacher, coach and innovator, Ragsdale’s OTC membership dated back to the mid-1950s. For his work on behalf of track and field in the Eugene community he was the second inductee into the University of Oregon Track and Field Hall of Fame, and, in 2014, the first recipient of the OTC’s Brathwaite Award for promoting fitness in youth and families.

Ragsdale, who developed OTC’s first All Comers …


Alexi Pappas blog: Watching greatness

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – When I was little, my family had live-in Au Pairs who would stay with us for a year at a time. My favorite Au Pair was Petra from the Czech Republic. In addition to helping my dad take care of my brother and me, Petra also coached my basketball team. In my childhood memory, she was the tallest woman I had ever seen.

At basketball practice, Petra could take on a court of five girls versus her. She could jump, she could shoot, she could touch the rim – to me, Petra was unstoppable and infinite. She …