Inside Track

Texas A&M's Little has big plans for NCAAs, Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Although she is among the best in the world in the 400-meter hurdles and has an excellent chance of making the U.S. Olympic team for Rio de Janeiro this summer, Shamier Little did not harbor five-ring dreams while growing up in Chicago.

“No, it wasn’t something I paid attention to,’’ the Texas A&M junior said. “I was focused on my little AAU meets. The Olympics was never a dream of mind when I was little.’’

Little is no longer little. She’s 21, with a growing list of accomplishments on her resume that include a

2015 World Championships …


Vin's blog: Community engagement key to successful events

(This is the second of a series of monthly blogs written by TrackTown USA President and U.S. Olympic men’s track and field head coach Vin Lananna. The topics reflect his positions on subjects of critical interest to the local, national and global track and field community. May’s theme: the importance of community engagement.)

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field are almost upon us.

In less than two months, for the third consecutive Olympiad, and the sixth time in history, the athletes who represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games will be chosen at historic Hayward Field.


Lawson ready to soar at NCAAs, Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – It’s fair to say Arkansas got its full scholarship value out of track and field star Jarrion Lawson at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Fans at Hayward Field saw plenty of Lawson in 2015 as he ran a leg on the school’s winning 4×100-meter relay team, took second to Florida’s Marquis Dendy in the long jump, ran a personal best 10.04 seconds in the semifinals and went on to finish third in the 100 meters, and as a final act, summoned the energy for duty in the 4×400 relay. With that yeoman’s work, the Razorbacks were able to …


Ceremonies take Center Stage at UO Twilight Meet

EUGENE, Ore. – We have had a few days for all of the stellar performances from the Oregon Twilight meet to fully sink in, but as we look back, it’s the moments outside of the competition that make the meet special.

Two of the ceremonies at Hayward Field last week were especially touching, including the recognition of the seniors and the honoring of several meet officials.

For the Oregon athletes, Senior Night was celebrated in front of 5,583 fans as 19 Ducks were recognized for their years of commitment to the program just prior to taking one final victory lap …


History of the Oregon Twilight Meet


By Curtis Anderson / TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Twilight Meet was born of tragic circumstance.

It was a benefit hastily thrown together by Oregon track and field coach Bill Bowerman to raise funds for injured UO long jumper Bob Woodell, who had been paralyzed from the waist down when a float he was helping his fraternity brothers carry overturned and fell on him, crushing his first lumbar vertebra.

Bowerman visited Woodell in the hospital and asked if he could put on a fund-raiser to help with Woodell’s medical expenses. Still heavily sedated, …