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Olympic gold medalist Michelle Carter joins TrackTown Summer Series

EUGENE, Ore. – It was a dream come true for American shot putter Michelle Carter at the 2016 Rio Olympics last summer.

On her sixth and final throw of the competition, she let loose with a personal best of 67 feet, 8 ¼ inches (20.63m) to clinch the gold medal, narrowly edging Valerie Adams, the two-time reigning Olympic gold medalist from New Zealand.

With that single momentous heave, Carter became the first U.S. woman in Olympic history to win a gold medal in the shot put. Her mark also stands as the American record and it …


Polar, Hyperice partner with TrackTown Summer Series

EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown USA is pleased to announce that it has formed exciting new partnerships with Polar and Hyperice to continue to provide the best services, amenities and cutting-edge products for athletes competing in the 2017 TrackTown Summer Series.

Polar, the leader in wearables sports and fitness technology, will be on hand with Polar M430, the ideal tool for runners aiming to reach their personal best at all three TrackTown Summer Series events this summer.

The dates of the meets are as …


Oregon women make history with NCAA Triple Crown

EUGENE, Ore – Needing a victory in the 4×400-meter relay to clinch the first “Triple Crown” in collegiate women’s history, Oregon proved it was up to the task on Saturday at the NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

With 12,992 fans at Hayward Field on their feet, cheering wildly, UO junior Raevyn Rogers turned in a superb anchor leg of 49.77 seconds to hold off USC for the win – 3:23.13 to 3:23.35.

Both times bettered the previous collegiate record of 3:23.75 set by Texas in 2004.

The Ducks’ stirring triumph in the 4x400m relay allowed them to complete …


​Rogers' anchor leg keys Oregon's record-setting 4x400m relay

By Romaine Soh / Tracktown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – It was all or nothing for the Oregon women as they toed the line for the 4×400-meter relay, the final event of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

With just one event to go before the championship concluded on Saturday at Hayward Field, the Georgia women were leading with 62.2 points. Oregon had 54.

With Georgia having scored all the possible points they could, the Ducks had to win the 4×400-meter relay to gain the 10 points needed to propel them past the Bulldogs, lest they miss the title …


Houston sets Hayward Field record in 4x100m relay

By Kylee O’Connor / TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – Rainy conditions led to slower-than-expected times  throughout the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, but that didn’t stop the Houston men’s 4×100-meter relay team from cruising to victory in record-setting fashion.

The Cougar team of John Lewis III, Mario Burke, Jacarias Martin and Cameron Burrell won in a blazing 38.34 seconds. That time is not only a school record, but a Hayward Field record, as well.

“We knew that as long as we got our stick around we’d be fine, because realistically we have the most speed out of everyone,” Burke said. “We finally got …


Florida narrowly wins second straight NCAA men’s crown

EUGENE, Ore. – With a seven-point lead over SEC rival Texas A&M heading into the final event of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships before a crowd of 11,448 at Hayward Field on Friday, Florida’s mission was clear.

Finish fifth or better in the 4×400-meter relay and the Gators would clinch their second straight national title.

As it turned out, they did one better than that.

With freshman Grant Holloway running a 43.89-second anchor leg, Florida placed fourth in the relay to clinch the NCAA crown by a mere two points over the Aggies – 61.5 to …


Arizona State's Ewen sets collegiate record in hammer throw

By Romaine Soh / TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – All the little cues Maggie Ewen had been working on for the whole year finally came together on Thursday.

The Arizona State junior hurled a lifetime best of 240 feet, 7 inches on her third attempt in the hammer throw to break the collegiate and meet record at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

“I finally got it,” said Ewen with a smile.

Ewen, who placed ninth at last year’s U.S. Olympic Trials, said she felt so excited that she couldn’t quite “make anything work again” on her subsequent throws, …


Five things to watch at the 2017 NCAA Championships on Day 2

#1 – Hammer throw

Maggie Ewen of Arizona State is projected to score in three throwing events at the NCAA Championships, but the hammer ring is where she seems most comfortable. Her PR of 238-10 is #2 on the all-time collegiate list and is 11 feet better than her closest NCAA competitor. Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe was the 2014 champion before taking last season off in a bid to make the New Zealand Olympic team.

#2 – Pole vault

Fans can be forgiven if they think they’re seeing double on the pole vault runway today. Sophomore twin sisters Lexi and Tori Weeks of Arkansas …


Coleman blazes to 100m collegiate record at NCAAs

By Kylee O’Connor / TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – Day One of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships featured six event finals, but it was Christian Coleman in the 100-meter semifinals who stole the show in front of 9,717 fans at  Hayward Field on Wednesday.

Coleman, a junior out of Tennessee, ran a collegiate record of 9.82 seconds (+1.3) to lead a strong field into Friday’s final. Coleman was the NCAA  leader coming into the meet with a time of 9.96, set at the East Preliminary Round in late May.

“I came across the line and I saw the time,” …


Five things to watch at the 2017 NCAA Championships on Day 1

#1 – Decathlon:

Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor, the reigning NCAA champion,  has already broken the collegiate record twice this season, arriving at Hayward Field with a PR of 8,539 points. He will be challenged by Georgia’s Devon Williams, the NCAA Indoor heptathlon champion, who stands sixth on the all-time collegiate performers list with a PR of 8,345.

#2 – Pole vault:

South Dakota freshman Chris Nilsen is favored to follow up his NCAA Indoor title with the outdoor crown. Nilsen, who set the national prep record last year, has a personal best of 18-9 1/2. He is coached by …