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'TrackTown' Oregon premiere coming to TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – I am so excited for the Eugene premiere of my movie “Tracktown,” which will be held at the McDonald Theater on July 5 during the rest day of the US Olympic Trials.

The experience of having the world premiere at the LA Film Festival earlier this June was special, but I know that bringing “Tracktown” back to TrackTown USA will be a whole other magical experience entirely.

Our world premiere in Los Angeles felt like the joining of two worlds I am passionate about: running and film. Co-director Jeremy Teicher and I were thrilled to introduce the …


Donate your Olympic Trials Tickets

If you’ve already purchased tickets to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, but won’t be able to attend every session, please consider donating your extra tickets to boys and girls who would otherwise be unable to attend.

All you have to do is drop off your extra tickets at the TrackTown USA booth in the “replica East Grandstand” which is located in the Fan Festival behind the West Grandstand at Hayward Field. Everyone who donates tickets will receive a receipt for their tax-deductible contribution.

For more information, contact Curtis Anderson at


Hometown sweep in 800m lives on at U.S. Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Somewhere in the ether, the roar that erupted on the evening of June 30, 2008 must surely still exist as a palpable entity for the passion it represented from thousands of fans that day at Hayward Field.

In what turned out to be the signature event of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, three men with Oregon ties made a spirited dash down the final straight to earn their way onto the U.S. Olympic team for Beijing. It was an 800-meter run for the ages.

As Nick Symmonds, Andrew Wheating and Christian Smith drove toward …


Historic athlete draft kicks off TrackTown Summer Series

EUGENE, Ore. – The first athlete draft in track and field history was a resounding success on Saturday.

Team representatives of four competing squads – Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City – chose a total of 64 athletes, split evenly between men and women, through an eight-round draft to begin filling out rosters for the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series on July 29 at Hayward Field.

The rest of the team rosters will be filled via free agency with the addition of 80 athletes to be announced on July 16.

The meet, which …


Historic Athlete Draft to Kick off TrackTown Summer Series

EUGENE, Ore. – On June 25, history will be made in the sport of track and field.

By all accounts, for the first time ever, there will be a professional athlete draft to populate the rosters of four U.S. teams – representing the cities of Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City – that will compete in the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series on July 29 at Hayward Field.

Each squad will carry 36 athletes on its roster, split evenly between men and women, with competitors battling for prize money and additional benefits in excess of a …


Opening ceremony to highlight T&F greats from past Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Here’s some friendly advice for all those holding tickets to the first day of competition at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field on Friday, July 1 at historic Hayward Field.

Don’t be late!

Before the athletes begin chasing their Olympic dreams, spectators will be treated to a spectacular Opening Ceremony in which we celebrate the most memorable moments from previous editions of the U.S. Olympic Trials in TrackTown USA.

The in-stadium presentation begins at 3 p.m. and it will feature a parade of some of the greatest U.S. track …


Oregon Track Club's All-Comers Meet

If you really want to experience what the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials are all about at the grass-roots level, call a friend and come out to the free Oregon Track Club’s All-Comers meet immediately after the hammer throw competition on Wednesday, July 6 at Hayward Field.

It promises to be a memorable evening with fun for the entire family. There will be a special TrackTown 16 t-shirt giveaway as long as supplies last, the chance to participate in three events – 60m dash, 100m and mile – plus an all-ages victory lap on the most revered …


King Estate Winery to host Heritage Athlete Celebration with TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, is pleased to announce that it has formed a partnership with King Estate Winery for a distinctive dual role this July.

King Estate Winery has partnered with TrackTown USA to be the official wine sponsor at the Fan Festival throughout the Trials, July 1-10, at historic Hayward Field.

In addition, the picturesque organic vineyard, located 22 miles southwest of Eugene, will host the Heritage Athlete Celebration in which 27 former track and field greats will attend a …


Free transportation options available during U.S. Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Track and field fans who want to avoid parking hassles near Hayward Field during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field will have plenty of transportation options to choose from this year.

Thanks to an ongoing partnership between TrackTown USA and two local bus companies – MTR Western and Lane Transit District – fans can attend the meet or Fan Festival at Hayward Field without driving.

And it’s all free!

Similar to the past two U.S. Olympic Trials, a Park & Ride service will be offered at two large parking lots: …


High jumping a family affair for the Cunninghams

EUGENE, Ore. – As parents, Randall and Felicity Cunningham did not so much have children as they did bouncing bundles of fast-twitch fibers and spring-loaded muscles. It could hardly have been otherwise.

For 16 years Randall Cunningham was the most athletic NFL quarterback of his era, at times resembling a 6-foot-4 version of the comic book superhero “Plastic Man” for the positions he could put his body in to frustrate defenders. When he met his future wife, Felicity De Jager was a professional ballet dancer.

Together, they gifted their children, Randall II, Vashti and Grace, with an impressive set of …


Beynon Sports to sponsor TrackTown Summer Series

EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly is pleased to announce that Beynon Sports will be the presenting sponsor of the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series on July 29 at historic Hayward Field.

The TrackTown Summer Series will bring together four teams of drafted athletes representing the cities of Portland, San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia for a fast-paced, two-hour track and field meet to be televised live by ESPN.

“Beynon Sports is proud to partner with TrackTown USA to showcase some of America’s finest athletes at Hayward Field,” said John Beynon, President of Beynon Sports. “Hayward …


20-kilometer race walk kicks off U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials

SALEM, Ore. – Similar to the men’s and women’s hammer throw being staged on the Nike campus in Beaverton four years ago, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field will expand its footprint this year.

Only this time, the destination is Salem.

The first event of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials will be contested in downtown Salem on June 30 with the combined men’s and women’s 20-kilometer race walk set to begin and end in front of the steps of the Oregon State Capitol on Court Street.

The race is free to the …


2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships



EUGENE, Ore. – The Arkansas women built an early lead and never let up at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on Saturday.

Led by senior distance runner Dominique Scott, who swept the 5,000- and 10,000-meter titles, the Razorbacks fought off a late challenge by host Oregon to claim their first NCAA outdoor women’s title.

Arkansas finished with 72 points, followed by the Ducks at 62 – three more than they scored in winning …


Florida dominates final day to win NCAA men's championship

EUGENE, Ore. – One month after placing sixth at the SEC track and field championships, unheralded Florida put on a show in front of a record crowd of 12,244 at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field on Friday.

The Gators scored an astonishing 51 points on the final day of competition, including individual NCAA titles from Eric Futch in the 400-meter hurdles and Arman Hall in the 400 meters, to finish atop the awards podium with a total of 62 points.

It was Florida’s third outdoor national title after tying Texas A&M for the NCAA crown in …


Five things to watch at today's NCAA men's championship

110-meter hurdles (6:12 p.m.) – Oregon junior Devon Allen, who set the NCAA meet record of 13.16 seconds in winning the title as a freshman two years ago, is the prohibitive favorite. He came into the meet with the NCAA’s leading time of 13.32, and backed it up with the fastest qualifying time of 13.38 in Wednesday’s semifinals. LSU’s Jordan Moore had the next best time of 13.57.

800 meters (6:47 p.m.) – The NCAA meet record of 1:44.70 set by Mark Everett in 1990 could be in jeopardy after Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier clocked one of the fastest …


Five women to watch at NCAA Championships & Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Shamier Little has never lost a 400-meter hurdles competition at Hayward Field. If she keeps that streak alive in 2016, the Texas A&M junior will end the season as a three-time NCAA champion — and a first-time U.S. Olympian.

Little, who enters the meet ranked first in the NCAA and fifth in the U.S., boasts a remarkable record of success in Eugene. In 2014, Little won her first NCAA title here in a personal-best and school-record time of 55.07 seconds. Since then, Little has racked up Hayward Field victories at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the …


From NCAA Outdoors to Team USA: Five men to watch

EUGENE, Ore. – Two years ago, University of Oregon junior Devon Allen, then a freshman, hosted a coming out party on Hayward Field’s west straightaway.

Only three months removed from his collegiate 110-meter hurdles debut at the Oregon Preview, where he failed to break 14 seconds, Allen torched over the hurdles in a meet-record 13.16 seconds to win the NCAA crown and lead the Ducks to their first men’s outdoor team title in 30 years.

This week, Allen will aim to return to the NCAA winner’s circle after missing the 2015 season due to a knee injury suffered in the …


Georgia triple jumper seeks to defend title, chase U.S. record

EUGENE, Ore. – With one impressive dash down the runway, Georgia’s Keturah Orji cleared up some clutter in the women’s triple jump, at least regarding what the collegiate record is and who has it.

As of today, she does.

Before Orji’s showing at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, two women could claim to be the collegiate record-holder in what used to be known as the hop, step and jump. LSU’s Suzette Lee reached 46 feet, 9 inches (14.25m) indoors in 1997, a mark equaled outdoors by Florida State’s Kim Williams in 2011.

However, that tie was swept away by Orji …



EUGENE, Ore. – What happens when innovation and aspiration intersect with the sport of track and field?

It’s called the TrackTown Summer Series.

The new professional track and field league will provide top American athletes with a unique opportunity to compete on U.S. soil during the summer months; a rare chance to build their individual brands in front of American fans; and finally, the prospect to earn a substantial paycheck.

And it will all be televised live on ESPN!

The TrackTown Summer Series makes its highly anticipated debut on Friday evening, July 29 at Hayward Field with an exciting …


McBride seeks to close out collegiate career in style

EUGENE, Ore. – The story of how middle distance runner Brandon McBride made it from his Canadian home in Windsor, Ontario, to the Deep South destination of Starkville, Miss., is a simple one.

His mother gave it her approval.

It turned out to be one of the best recruiting visits Mississippi State coach Steve Dudley ever made.

“Coach Dudley flew up to see me and my family,’’ McBride recalled of Dudley’s 2013 visit. “My family loved him and really trusted him. That was a big deal for my mom and dad. They want to trust the coach. My mom was …