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Track Ducks Expected to Score Big at the NCAAs

The Oregon women are no strangers when it comes to performing well at the indoor track and field championships. The lady Ducks have won 5 straight NCAA indoor titles, but this year may be the toughest one yet. The year...

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USATF Makes Bid for 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships to Portland

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TrackTown USA
TrackTown USA

USA Track & Field will make a bid to bring the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships to Portland with TrackTown USA of Eugene presenting the bid in Monaco on Nov. 15 of this year.

“We’re confident that the state of Oregon is a great place for the sport of track and field,” TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna said in an article by the Register Guard. “I think the heart and soul of the sport is located in Eugene and Hayward Field, and track and field has been prominent in our community for a long, long time.”

The state of Oregon has been center stage for many of the world’s most important track and field events over the past decade including the past two US Olympic Trials and another to come in 2016. Also upcoming will be the IAAF Junior World Championships.

“USATF considers it an honor as well as a duty to try to bring a world championship event back to U.S. soil,” CEO Max Siegel said. “Having hosted two very successful Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012, TrackTown USA has shown itself to be the premier host of world-class track events in this country.

“We look forward to presenting the bid and continuing to elevate the off-track profile of the United States in the international sports world.”

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Ashton Eaton, Nick Symmonds in Running for Jesse Owens Award

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Ashton Eaton and Nick Symmonds
Nick Symmonds (left) and Ashton Eaton (center) | (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Former Oregon track and field stars Ashton Eaton and Nick Symmonds have both been nominated as finalists for the 2013 Jesse Owens Award, which goes to the nations’s best athlete in track and field year in and year out.

[gn_quote style=”1″]”Established in 1981, The Jesse Owens Award is USA Track & Field’s highest accolade, presented annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track & field performers,” according to USATF.org.[/gn_quote]

Eaton, the defending golf medal olympian in the decathlon and current world record holder is considered one of the frontrunners for the award. But not too far behind is his former teammate Symmonds who also competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials. Symmonds currently holds the American record in the 800 meters at 1:43.03.

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Northwest Christian University Women’s Cross Country Places Second at Coyote Twilight

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Northwest Christian University Women's Cross Country
Northwest Christian University Women’s Cross Country
(Jason Durmeyer/Concordia Portland)

CALDWELL, Idaho – The Northwest Christian University women’s cross country team finished in second place at the Coyote Twilight, hosted by The College of Idaho at Brothers Park. The race was to serve as a preview for the CCC championship, which will take place later this fall.

The #2 Yotes of COI won the event with 27 points to sweep the top three individual finishes. The Beacons, ranked #11, weren’t far behind with 48 points. Northwest Nazarene was received third place (104) followed by Corban at 113, Concordia with 132, and Northwest (Wash.) in sixth with 157 points. Oregon Tech was seventh (167) followed by Eastern Oregon (179).

Here’s How the Beacon Runners Finished:

  • Sierra Brown fourth-place finish (19:20)
  • Allison Duvenez fifth place (19:22)
  • Alyssa Harmon 10th place (19:42)
  • Shea Vallaire 13th place (19:52)
  • Emily McLean 16th place (19:56)
  • Michelle Fletcher 19th place
  • Ashley Kinney 20th place
  • Delaney McMahon 37th place
  • Heidi Gori 41st place
  • *Freshmen Natalie Kogutkiewicz and Macie Gale also ran for NCU.*

NCU will be off for two weeks before competing on October 5th at the Willamette Open in Salem.

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Two Incoming Oregon Track and Field Freshmen Shine at Pan Am

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Oregon Track and Field
2013 Pan American Junior Championships

Two incoming freshmen for the Oregon Track and Field team had impressive performances in the 17th Pan American Junior Championships at Alfonso Galvis Duque Stadium in Medellin, Colombia. Sasha Wallace and Marcus Chambers each finished in fourth place for respective their events on their initial day of competition.

Wallace competed in the 100-meter hurdles finishing in 13.72 seconds, just sligtly slower than her 13.66 qualifying time in the semifinals. Alexis Perry was the event winner with a 13.56.

Chambers competed in the men’s 400-meter race, finishing in 46.75 while improving nearly a full second from his 47.71 time in the semifinals. Brandon McBride of Canada won the event with a 45.89.

Fellow incoming UO freshman MaryBeth Sant is also competing in the Pan Am, running the relays with Team USA later on.

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Matthew Centrowitz Advances at World Championships

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Matthew Centrowitz
Matthew Centrowitz
(Associated Press)

MOSCOW — Nike Oregon Project middle-distance runner Matthew Centrowitz qualified for the 1,500m final at the world championships on Friday, finishing in 3:35.95 with the second fastest qualifying time. Centrowitz only trailed Nixon Chepseba of Kenya, who finished just ahead of Centrowitz with a time of 3:35.88.

Centrowitz ran for the University of Oregon breaking numerous records including the 4 x mile record on May 10 with fellow Oregon teammates Andrew Wheating (3:59.60), Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott (4:05.21) and Galen Rupp (3:58.93).

Centrowitz has competed professional since he announced he was going pro on November 29, 2011, forgoing his last season on the University of Oregon track and field team.

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Ashton Eaton Brings Home Gold at IAAF World Championships

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Ashton Eaton
Ashton Eaton
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

MOSCOW – Ashton Eaton is one ridiculous athlete. The Bend, Oregon, native and former University of Oregon star kept his honor as world’s greatest athlete with a gold medal finish the decathlon at the IAAF World Championships.

“It feels good. It was the last thing I had left on my list to do,” Eaton said. “Now I’ve done everything there is to do in multi-events.”

And also competing is fellow Oregon alum, and Eaton’s wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton of team Canada. She is competing in the heptathlon and is a favorite in the event.

“I’m way more proud of her than myself and she vice versa for me,” Eaton said. “It’s cool to be in the same event and be successful at the same time and be able to travel around the world together.

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Oregon Athletes Excel at IAAF World Championships

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Nick Symmonds
Nick Symmonds

A pair of Oregon athletes, Zoe Buckman and Nick Symmonds, will continue on to semifinal competition at the IAAF World Championships after winning their heats Sunday.

Buckman, running for Australia, completed the women’s 1,500 meters in 4:06.99 to win her heat of the preliminary event. She beat out the United States’ Jessica Simpson by less than a full second, with Simpson running a 4:07.16 time. Buckman’s was the third-highest time of the day and qualifies her to compete in Tuesday’s semifinal, though she said she’s ready to compete for Thursday’s final.

“I think I’m in a real striking position,” she said to The Oregonian.

She will be joined by Mary Cain of the U.S., who is being trained by former Duck distance runner Alberto Salazar.

Symmonds, who competes with Oregon Track Club Elite, says his strategy was to jump out — not wanting to have to fight for a spot late. He and the other two Americans competing in the men’s 800 all qualified, with Symmonds’ 1:46.90 being the slowest of the bunch. He won his heat though and will run Tuesday as well.

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Eugene Marathon Moving to Late July for 2014

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Eugene Marathon
Eugene Marathon

The 2014 Eugene Marathon will look a little bit different than in years past. Next year’s Eugene Marathon will be held in July, not in April.

The new date will be July 27th in response to the IAAF World Junior Championships, which will finish its six-day meet on the same day. The Eugene Marathon/half-marathon is intended to be a celebration of the running community and inspire more to compete.

“As people come in for the track meet, they’ll get to watch people finish the marathon,” Eugene Marathon founder Andy Heily said to the Register Guard. “The whole idea is create that overlap between track and field and road racing, and really celebrate running.”

And it’s all about creating more of a track connection into the already strong TrackTown community.

“From the inception, our mission has been to reinforce TrackTown USA as a mecca for running,” Heily said. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that.

“We have one of the fastest and most scenic marathon courses in the country. Twenty percent of our participants qualify for Boston. The community is absolutely amazing and the fan support is incredible. Participants always talk about that.”

Of course the major question will be how the change in date will impact the runners weather-wise. It’s pretty common knowledge that the weather in July is much warmer than April, but Heily says he and the Eugene Marathon team is well aware of this and don’t think it will impact the race.

“The average morning temperature in July in Eugene is 56 degrees,” race director Richard Maher said. “By 10 a.m., it’s still in the low 60s.”

“The demand is there,” Heily added. “A lot of fit people have been running all spring and early summer, and they’re ready to run a fast marathon. What an amazing opportunity if I’m living in Atlanta, Georgia, and I come out to Eugene, Oregon, to be a part of this incredible community event. Watch a track meet and run on one of the fastest courses in the country.”

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LCC, UO Alum Jordan McNamara Runs Sub-4 Minute Mile

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Jordan McNamara
Jordan McNamara
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Former LCC and University of Oregon track star Jordan McNamara set a PR in the mile this week, running a time of 3:52 at the Emsley Carr Mile.

According to a report from the LCC website, the “Emsley Carr Mile is part of the IAAF Diamond League Series held at London’s Olympic Stadium.”

McNamara began his collegiate career with the Titans and was named the 2006 NWAACC Cross Country champion.

McNamara was also a 3-time NWAACC track & field champion in the 1,500, 5k and 10k events in 2007, and would transfer to the Ducks.

With the Ducks he’d have an All-American career.

Following his time in college, McNamara began his professional career which has included time with Oregon Track Club elite.

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