Inside Track

Alexi Pappas: Run like your best 12-year-old selves

EUGENE, Ore. – Recently, I traveled to the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Albuquerque, NM. I was invited there to give a speech to more than 3,000 athletes, ages 8-18, the night before the big race.

The subject of my speech was pain. In high school, I remember that the fear of pain was the single biggest mental hurdle I faced heading into a race. It took years of experience and maturity to develop the mental toughness that would enable me to perform my best. On this particular evening, I thought I would connect with this young …


House of Track

EUGENE, Ore. – What weighs more than 200 tons, covers 40,000 square feet and takes 14 days to assemble?

The answer can be found inside the House of Track, now the official name of a warehouse in northwest Portland where a new 200-meter banked oval track is being pieced together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

The portable track will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at an open house beginning at 6 p.m. The open house will be held in conjunction with the first TrackTown Tuesday of the year; the first time this free monthly town hall …


Prandini, Dendy named 2015 winners of The Bowerman

SAN ANTONIO — One captured four individual NCAA titles in 2015.

The other outscored more than half of the teams at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships by herself.

Florida horizontal jumper Marquis Dendy and Oregon sprints and long jump standout Jenna Prandini were in a class by themselves. That’s why Dendy and Prandini each took home The Bowerman, college track & field’s biggest honor Thursday night during the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa.



Portland embraces return of indoor track and field at IAAF World Indoor Championships

PORTLAND, Ore. –  There was a time when indoor track and field truly was a three-ring circus, replete with men in tuxedos announcing events, pole vault standards made to look like safety razors in a nod to a sponsor and a man in a devil’s costume using a plastic trident to prod the butts of lagging runners in the mile.

Those were the days, when a young doctor with no sprinting experience could don snug gold swim trunks and a hospital scrub with suspenders and become a sensation for his startling triumphs; when the dominant runner of his era assumed the …