Seeing World Records in TrackTown USA

The road to London and the Olympics this year for Track and Field came through Eugene, also known as TrackTown USA. Featuring top-notch athletes from across the country, a huge fan festival, live music and more, the Olympic Trials ran from June 21-July 1, 2012.

I attended the events on Saturday, June 23 at historic Hayward Field to cheer on the decathletes and sprinters. With seats right in from of the finish line, it proved to be one exciting day of races.

The climax of the day’s events by far was watching Ashton Eaton cross the finish line of the 1,500m in seconds under is personal record to set a new world record for the decathlon, take gold at the meet and move on as a member of Team USA to the Olympics!

Check out all the events, results and photos from the trials in Eugene at TrackTown USA

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18. Track, The Oregon Twilight

Another item to check off of the Eugene bucket list!

On Friday, May 6, community members, track elite, and kids participated in the Oregon Twilight at Hayward Field and where was I? – right in the middle of the crowd cheering them on. Bringing students from middle school through college from across the United States along with dedicated adult runners, this eclectic track and field meet combined the classic track events with community level races including a kids’ half lap. While it may have taken the last two-year-old some time to cross the finish line (well he never really crossed it because he was trying to not step on the lines!) for the track stars, they raced with furry and passion to come in first.

Here are my photo highlights from the night:

La Michael James finishing first

Times for Men's 100 meter dash

Men's Steeple Chase

TrackTown USA

Women's hurdles

Men's hurdles