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The University of Oregon's Vin Lananna will lead the U.S. men's track and field team at the Olympics in Rio next year.

Lananna has been instrumental in bringing the U.S. Olympic Trials to Eugene's Hayward Field in 2008 and 2012. He also successfully led efforts to bring the world championships here in 2021.

Lananna says being selected as head coach for the Olympic team is a huge honor. He sees it as his number one accomplishment.

Recorded on: June 26th, 2015

Air Date: June 29th, 2015

At the June 26th Friday Forum, Professor Bill Harbaugh and Professor Emeritus Dennis Howard will describe the benefits, challenges, and future of college athletics. They will talk about the future of funding and the impact of big time college sports on campus, in the local community -- even around the United States and the world.

Corinne Boyer

Hayward Field hosted the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships this weekend. A heat wave pushed temperatures into the mid 90s making it even hotter for athletes on the track. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer was there.

Saturday’s early morning cloud cover provided some relief during the Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Sprinklers and misters were set up around to keep the crowd and athletes cool.  

Karen Richards

A busy season's wrapping up at Hayward Field Thursday through Sunday in Eugene. The USA Track and Field Championships will decide the team for the World Championships in Beijing. The USA Junior Championships determine the athletes under 20 for the Pan Am Games in Toronto. The dual events are poised to provide drama.

 Temperatures are forecast in the high 90's for the weekend, unusual for Hayward Field. As Track Town USA's Vin Lananna says, in 10 years in Eugene he has yet to apologize for the weather:

Desmond O'Boyle

The University of Oregon women's track and field squad followed in their male teammates' footsteps from the day before with a victory at Hayward Field Saturday.

It was the second time the women's track and field team has won the national championship and a repeat victory for the men's. The spotlight was on favorite Jenna Prandini, who despite a team disqualification in the 4 x 100 relay, bounced back to win the 100 meter dash.

Karen Richards

The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship is halfway done. The last two days feature nothing but finals. Both the University of Oregon’s men and women finished their first day in the lead.

The Duck men are looking to repeat last year’s title win. They performed well, as they were expected to, on Wednesday. Senior Sam Crouser won the javelin for the second year in a row and has high hopes for the team:

University of Oregon

The NCAA track and field championships take place this week at Hayward Field. For the first time ever, the men's and women's teams will compete on different days.

The coaches and administrators decided early this year to separate the competitions. Shortly after, ESPN announced plans to expand its TV coverage of the event, including airing Friday's men's championship on ESPN and Saturday's women's championship on ESPN 2. Some athletes are less than enthusiastic.

Alan Sylvestre / OPB

More than 13,000 fans were at Hayward Field this weekend for the Prefontaine Classic.

Millions of people around the world will be watching Eugene this weekend. This year’s Prefontaine Classic track and field meet takes place Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field.

Friday night’s free program includes the men’s 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. Local favorite Galen Rupp will run the 5K and Olympic champion Mo Farah is entered in the 10K. Prefontaine spokesman Jeff Oliver says the entire meet will be outstanding:

Track Town USA is hosting a big party in Portland Wednesday afternoon. Here are some details about the countdown to the 2016 World Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Vin Lananna is used to working with stakeholders in Eugene and Springfield on big track and field events. Speaking from Portland, the TrackTown USA President says there’s been plenty of enthusiasm for track in the Rose City:

Lananna: “The city the mayor, the commissioners here, in this community, the local people, the businesses, have been just fantastic.”