Need two more reasons to head to Hayward Field on Friday night to enjoy the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series, a scored four-team competition featuring 22 Olympic athletes?
How about this:
Oregon’s Devon Allen, the reigning Pac-12, NCAA and U.S. Olympic Trials champion in the 110-meter hurdles, will go head-to-head against former Duck Johnathan Cabral in an exhibition match at the meet. Cabral, a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team, and Allen’s training partner, has a PR of 13.35 in the 110m hurdles, while Allen set his lifetime best of 13.03 in becoming the first collegian to win the 110m hurdles at the Trials since Renaldo Nehemiah (Maryland) in 1980.
This will be the last stop for each hurdler on the Road to Rio.
In another new development at the TrackTown Summer Series, meet organizers announced today that the men’s and women’s 400-meter races will be replaced by a coed 4×400-meter relay race. The four teams are as follows:
- NEW YORK – Vernon Norwood, Novlene Willams-Mills, Chris Giesting, Kendall Baisden.
- PHILADELPHIA – James Harris, Phyllis Francis, Kyle Clemons, Claudia Francis.
- PORTLAND – Mike Berry, Monica Hargrove, Dontavius Wright, Ebony Eutsey.
- SAN FRANCISCO – Najee Glass, Robin Reynolds, Lalonde Gordon, Shapri Romero.
The concept of a coed relay has been around for a long time, but this is reportedly the first time that professional track and field athletes will actually compete in such a race at historic Hayward Field.
Make sure you take a look at the Revised Competition Schedule
The meet begins at 6:30 p.m. at Hayward Field. General admission tickets can be purchased at Hayward Field ticket booths on the day of the meet: $15 for sections A-D in West Grandstand; $10 for all other sections; $25 Family Pass for 2 adults and 3 kids; $5 Youth (ages 2-17); children under 2 years old are free.Ninkasi beer will be served at concession stands and kids will be allowed on the infield to watch the field events. You can register your child HERE.
For more information, go to TrackTownSummerSeries.com.