Inside Track



By Steve Ritchie / TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – Historic Hayward Field has hosted many memorable track and field meets over the years, but it is safe to say the venerable stadium has never seen anything quite like Friday evening’s inaugural TrackTown Summer Series meet.

Combining a fun atmosphere with a quality, pre-Olympic tune-up for the 23 athletes headed to Rio, the meet featured a coed 4×400-meter relay with the team title on the line, pockets of fans on the field getting close-up views of …


TrackTown Summer Series adding coed 4x400m relay and exhibition hurdle race

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 …


Athletes battle for prize money, team titles at TrackTown Summer Series

EUGENE, Ore. – The 2016 TrackTown Summer Series presented by Beynon Sports Surfaces was designed to provide top American track and field athletes with an opportunity to compete on U.S. soil in the summer months.

The inaugural meet will be held at Hayward Field on Friday, July 29 with a new start time of 6:30 p.m.

On top of enhancing one’s own brand in a unique four-team competition televised live on ESPN, the meet promises a handsome cash payout for the participating athletes. In each of the 20 scheduled men’s and women’s events, prize money will be …


U.S. Olympians excited to return to Hayward Field for TrackTown Summer Series

EUGENE, Ore. – Seventeen American athletes who punched their ticket to the Rio Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials plan to return to Hayward Field next week to compete in the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series.

The TrackTown Summer Series, presented by Beynon Sports Surfaces, is designed to provide top American track and field athletes with a unique opportunity to compete on U.S. soil during the summer months.

The meet will be held at Hayward Field on Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. It will be televised live on ESPN.

The scored competition features …


Thank You From TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna

Dear Citizens of TrackTown USA:

Two weeks ago, as I walked into Hayward Field before the opening ceremony of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, I was struck by a number of remarkable sights and sounds. 

First of all, the stadium and surrounding area has never looked better to me. The field of play was immaculate, the stands were filled and the spectators were buzzing with anticipation. The Fan Festival was rife with activity, from kids lining up at the Starting Block to those sampling multiple food and beverage options while preparing to watch the …


Hammer at Hayward a big Deal to throwers at U.S. Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – For the first time in history, the men’s and women’s hammer throw is coming to Hayward Field.

And nobody is happier about that development than Lance Deal.

Deal, one of only two Americans to earn an Olympic medal in the hammer throw over the past 60 years, designed and built the new hammer cage that will be used to stage the event on the infield of the iconic venue on Wednesday, July 6 during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field.

Deal, of course, spent most of his professional athletic career living and training …


U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials: Go big or go home

EUGENE, Ore. – On an overcast evening 36 years ago, with leaden skies setting off the lush green of the infield at Hayward Field, the great Al Oerter stepped into the discus ring for one last throw in an attempt to make his fifth Olympic team.

No matter that President Jimmy Carter had called for a U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics and America would not be sending its best athletes to the Russian capital.

Oerter, along with every other athlete competing in those 1980 Olympic Trials, showed up to compete, to try to make a team that would …


TrackTown Radio to be sold at U.S. Olympic Trials

For the first time, TrackTown USA is selling portable radios to interested spectators at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field. Each radio will have four channels providing expert commentary on the field events final. The radios will be sold at the kiosks selling programs (located at the entrances to the fan festival) and at the Eugene Cascades Coasts Booth on the corner of 15th Ave and Agate. The cost of a TrackTown Radio is $10.

Tracktown Radio Event Schedule

July 1:
5:40 PM – Men’s Shot Put Final

July 2:
10:45 AM – Women’s …