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2:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

World Junior Championships Visitors Explore Lane County

Credit Amanda Butt

The 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships came to a close Sunday. Fans, athletes, and coaches from around the world visited Eugene last week and set out to explore Lane County’s sights and attractions.

More than 51,000 people spent their free time perusing local stores or visiting natural landmarks. Molly Blancett from Travel Lane County said their booth at the meet saw more than 300 visitors.   

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World Junior Championships
10:54 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Four Ethiopian Athletes Missing After World Junior Championships

The IAAF World Junior Championships took place at Hayward Field July 22 - 27.
Credit oregon14.com

A group of Ethiopian athletes in Eugene for the World Junior Track & Field Championships have been missing since Saturday.

The University of Oregon Police Department is leading the search for the three women and a 17-year old boy.  They're part of a 30 member team from Ethiopia. U of O spokeswoman Julie Brown:

Brown:"We have heard 2nd and 3rd hand, so indirectly from others, that the four athletes are safe and that they are with family and friends in other parts of the state. So at this point we don't have any reason to believe that they are in harm's way."

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Special Olympics
2:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Special Olympics Torch Run

A police officer poses with the Flame Of Hope for the Special Olympics Torch Run

Police officers from all over Oregon are running a relay across the state to raise funds for the state's Special Olympics Summer Games in Newberg this weekend.

 

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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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Washington Landslide
6:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Darrington Rodeo: Young Woman Lets Go Of Oso Landslide On The Back Of A Fast Horse

Alexis Blakey, 20, of Oso, Wash., helped rescue horses and search for survivors and the dead after the landslide earlier this year. She says running barrels with her horse Tax helps her hit the pause button on memories of the landslide for a few brief moments.
Credit Anna King

Now we’re going to take you to a small timber-town rodeo in Washington. In the town of Darrington, the Timberbowl Rodeo saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up a bit from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide. Correspondent Anna King was there, and has this profile of a young rodeo cowgirl.

Alexis Blakey knows nearly everyone here. She’s 20, and today is her hometown rodeo. She’s working on achieving her pro-rodeo status for barrel racing. And Alexis wants this win.

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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
9:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ducks Hold On To Overall Leads At NCAA Track & Field Championships

Oregon's Laura Roesler (third from left) in a heat of the 800m Wednesday. She went on to become National Champion in the event on Friday.
Credit Jes Burns

The wind whipped and the sun never really broke through on day three of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene.   Still more than 10-thousand fan flocked to Hayward field Friday to see who would be crowned collegiate champions in fifteen events.  

The only thing faster than the runners on the track were the black storm clouds speeding over, high above Hayward field.  But the rain held off.  Fans filed in, programs were sold, coaches coached from the sidelines, and the crowd cheered, loudest for the Ducks.

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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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Track and Field
10:20 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Visitors Appreciate Track Town USA On Day One Of NCAA Competition

The award winners for Friday's 10K included Edward Cheserek (1st), Trevor Dunbar (5th) and Parker Stinson (8th).
Credit Karen Richards

Eugene is used to hosting big track and field events. But what does coming to Track Town mean to the thousands of visitors here for the NCAA Championships?

The first day of competition was sunny and warm. Most newcomers to Track Town USA complemented Oregon's natural beauty:

Mareno: "Lavonne Mareno, I'm from Corpus Christie Texas. We love the trees. Eugene is awesome."

Hamilton: "Fisher Hamilton from Lake Charles Louisiana. It's beautiful. I didn't know it was going to be this pretty I knew it was going to be awesome but it's unreal, it really is."

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