More NW Track Athletes Make the U.S. Olympic Team

Jul 4, 2016

Northwest athletes had another good day at the Olympic Track and Field trials in Eugene. University of Oregon graduates had success running in front of a home crowd at Hayward Field.

Ashton Eaton screams on the follow-through of his throw during the discus portion of the decathlon at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track And Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday, July 3, 2016.
Credit Bradley Parks / OPB News.

Ashton Eaton was the star, Sunday. The Olympic gold-medalist won the decathlon with a score of 8750. He was asked to compare this win with the 2012 Olympic Trials, when he set a world record. He says he’s older and more confident.
 “If I’m in a situation in a decathlon, I’ll have confidence that I’ll be able to handle it because I’ve been in a lot of them. I was just a little more confident in this one. Like if something went bad, you know, like throwing 13 meters in a shot-put, that I’d be able to handle it.”
Jeremy Taiwo of Seattle also made the Olympic decathlon team
Other U of O graduates heading to Rio:
English Gardner, who won the women’s 100 meter race. In the 400 meter, Phyllis Francis got the second spot on the team behind veteran sprinter Allyson Felix.