Hayward Field

World Junior Championships
2:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Global Ambassadors Host International Athletes

Adjoa Quansah is working with delegations from Ghana, Liberia, Namibia, and Sierra Leone.
Credit Karen Richards

People around Eugene or the University of Oregon in the next week may hear more foreign language speakers than usual.  There are thousands of athletes and coaches here for the World Junior Track and Field Championships. Helping orient those visitors is a group of U of O student ambassadors. 

("Welcome to Eugene" in Japanese) ("Welcome to Eugene" in Italian)

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Track and Field
4:15 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Young Track And Field Athletes Earn Right To Represent Team USA

Cole Walsh won the USA Junior pole vault.
Credit Karen Richards

After Friday night's fireworks, the patriotic weekend continued at Hayward Field. The country's best track and field athletes under 20 competed Saturday and Sunday for a chance to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships.

The U.S. has never hosted a world championship track meet. In two weeks, Eugene will welcome junior athletes from 212 countries. This weekend, several local competitors earned their right to compete for the United States at the event.

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Track and Field
2:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

USA Junior Track Championships Free To Attend This Weekend

Thrower Cullen Prena, distance runner Maggie Schmaedick, and steeplechaser Chris Mulverhill will wear U of O jerseys this weekend.
Credit Karen Richards

Before the world comes to Eugene later this month, the U.S. has to select its athletes. This weekend, the best American track and field competitors under age 20 will compete at Hayward Field.

Only the top two U.S. finishers from this weekend will go to the World Junior Championships. There will be plenty of local talent to root for. Five current U of O athletes and five freshmen recruits will compete on their home track. One of the veteran Ducks is Maggie Schmaedick, a 2013 Sheldon High School graduate. She enters Sunday's 5K race with the country's fastest junior time.

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NCAA Outdoor Championships
12:13 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Oregon Men Earn National Track & Field Championship Title

The enthusiastic crowd at Hayward Field on the final day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Credit Angela Kellner

The University of Oregon men's track and field team ended a 30-year dry spell by earning the national title at Hayward Field Saturday. The Oregon women took third in the NCAA Championships held in Eugene.

More than 11,000 fans packed the stands at Hayward Field on the final day of competition. The crowd finally saw the sun break through the thick clouds in the men's 1500 meter; Oregon senior Mac Fleet won his last collegiate race.

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Track and Field
5:19 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Track Athletes Share Superstitions, Rituals Before They Compete

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

It was a windy second day at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Many athletes have superstitions or rituals before they compete, and track is no different. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle went out in search of some of those stories and has this audio postcard.

copyright, 2014 KLCC

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Running
11:39 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Galen Rupp Breaks American 10K Record

Galen Rupp breaks the tape at the end of Friday's 10K race.
Credit Karen Richards

They scheduled the best for last at “distance night” of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene: the 10,000 meter race.

The crowd stayed until after 9 pm to cheer for Galen Rupp, a native of Oregon and former U of O star. Rupp reportedly asked for a fast 10K race.

The Nike Oregon Project runner hoped to break his own American record, set in 2011. As the laps ticked by, he remained in the lead group of four to six runners, holding a pace almost equal to his record time. But with two laps to go, he took the lead.

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Sports
3:53 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Track Town On Track For World Junior Championships

Abby Hoffman speaks Thursday at Hayward Field.
Credit Karen Richards

This week, Eugene is hosting representatives from the International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field's governing body. They are reviewing progress for July's World Junior Championships, being held in the United States for the first time.

Abby Hoffman is a four-time Olympian and a member of the IAAF Council. She says this visit is focused on logistics, such as coordinating with the U of O to house and feed an estimated 1,600 athletes.

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World Junior Championships
11:31 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Youth Challenge For Upcoming Junior World Championships At Hayward

Hayward Field in Eugene will host the IAAF World Junior Championships this summer. It's the first time the competition has been held on U.S. soil.
Credit oregon14.com

This summer, elite young athletes from more than 200 countries will come to Hayward Field in Eugene to compete in a six day Track & Field event. TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna Wednesday announced a challenge for local youth.

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Track and Field
3:22 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Hayward Field To Host NCAA Track And Field Championships Thru 2021

Credit CollegeOvals.com

Eugene gets to keep its Track Town USA title all the way to 2021. Earlier this week the University of Oregon and the NCAA reached a long term agreement to keep the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

When any Championship event concludes, the NCAA conducts a survey of the student athletes who participated. The resounding feedback is the ability to compete in a crowded stadium with a knowledgeable fan base. UO Associate Athletic Director Vin Lannana says Hayward Field delivers that atmosphere to spectators and competitors.

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