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Top athletes sign contract extensions for 2017 TrackTown Summer Series

Seven of the world’s best track and field athletes have agreed to contract extensions with their respective teams in the highly acclaimed  TrackTown Summer Series.

The elite men and women who have signed on for a second season of competition with teams representing the cities of New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco are as follows:


Brittney Reese (long jump) Emma Coburn (1500m) Queen Harrison (100m hurdles)

Note: Queen Harrison has been traded to New York. In exchange, Portland will receive one of New York’s first-round draft picks.


Ben Blankenship (1500m) Phyllis Francis (400m) Brenda Martinez (800m)



PAC-12 Day Two Recap

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams put the finishing touches on a decade of dominance at the Pac-12 Championships before a crowd of 6,778 at Hayward Field on Sunday.

The UO men claimed its 11th consecutive conference title – and 18th overall – with a total of 175 points. The Duck women, meanwhile, rolled to their ninth straight crown with 189 points.

Both win streaks, including nine Pac-12 sweeps in a row, are unprecedented in league history.

The Duck men were unmatched in the sprints, notching a victory in the 4×100-meter relay, followed by …


PAC-12 Day One Recap

EUGENE, Ore. – There were few surprises on the first day of competition at the 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships before a crowd of 5,002 at Hayward Field on Saturday.

On the women’s side, while Oregon and USC are currently tied for fifth place in the team standings with 24 points apiece, both squads are in prime position to make a serious run at the league title on Sunday.

It promises to be an epic showdown between two of the best women’s teams in the nation.

The Ducks, who are aiming for a ninth consecutive conference crown – which …


Alexi Pappas: Community support inspires Tracktown movie

EUGENE, Ore. – Just like elite running, which takes the support of coaches, loved ones, massage therapists and teammates to bring an athlete to his or her highest peaks, an indie film also requires an entire network of support to reach its audience. Now that my movie, Tracktown, is being released into the big world, I find myself reflecting on the real-life town that inspired it.

“everyone was eager to help see the film come to life in their own backyards.”
– Alexi Pappas

Tracktown was filmed entirely in Eugene and Springfield – it was homegrown with support from …


Cheserek, Rowbury, Osagie wow TrackTown Tuesday crowd

Cheserek, Rowbury, Osagie wow TrackTown Tuesday crowd

By Romaine Soh / TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – At Tracktown Tuesday’s final appearance of the season at the Downtown Athletic Club, there were familiar faces like Prefontaine Classic meet director Tom Jordan, 1,500-meter Olympian and U.S. record-holder Shannon Rowbury, Oregon senior distance star Edward Cheserek and his coach, Andy Powell.

The newest face on stage was Oregon Track Club Elite’s Andrew Osagie, a native of Great Britain, who was part of the “greatest 800-meter race in history” at the 2012 London Olympics when Kenyan David Rudisha set …