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2014 Nick Symmonds Springfield 800M

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EUGENE,  Ore — Rain or shine, the 3rd Annual Nick Symmonds Springfield 800 meter race is Friday, October 17th.

The race takes over 5th Street in downtown Springfield. It’s a straight run with 8 different heats from walkers to elite.

Five time USA outdoor 800 meter champion and 2-time Olympian Nick Symmonds will be there to greet racers. In the past , he’s run with the kids, but this year, he’s competing.

“This is the only USATF sanctioned straight 8 in America. Whoever runs the course record, owns the world record,” said Nick Symmonds.

Here is the list of heats and start times.

5:45pm – Walkers
6:00pm – Youth
6:10pm – Masters Women
6:20pm – Masters Men
6:30pm – Open Women
6:40pm – Open Men
6:50pm – Elite Women
7:00pm – Elite Men

Click here to register for the 2014 Nick Symmonds Springfield 800.

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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Ex-Duck Nick Symmonds Finishes Second at Brussels Diamond League Meet

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Nick Symmonds
Nick Symmonds

Former Duck track athlete Nick Symmonds, now an olympic athlete, took the second-fastest 800m time in his career, en route to a silver medal in that category at the Brussels Diamond League Meet.

He finished the race in 1:43.03, eight-hundreths of a second slower than his personal best, and less than a second off the winning time by Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman.

The Oregon Track Club Elite member took second to Aman in this event a month ago at the world championships as well.

Symmonds set his 800m personal best time at Olympic Stadium in London last August.

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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 Selected to Host 2016 Olympic Trials

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Runners Space
Runners Space

After being host in both 2008 and 2012, Eugene has once again been selected for a third straight time and will be host for the 2016 Olympic Trials.

It’s the first time that Track Town USA has been host for three consecutive trials since it hosted for 1972, 1976 and 1980.

The last trials saw quite a bit of excitement with former Oregon track sensation Ashton Eaton setting a world record in the decathlon. Eaton and a large number of other local athletes will compete again with the hopes of making it to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nick Symmonds of Springfield is another one those athletes. Symmonds has competed in each of the last Olympics in the 800m and represented team USA with first place finishes.

According to Kari Westlund (CEO of Travel Lane County) the past two trials generated close to $60 million dollars ($28 mil in 2008, $31 mil in 2012) in regional impact. With the continued development of Historic Hayward Field and an expansion of seating available, the number will likely be even higher than in previous trials.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“I don’t think it’s an event that we’ll ever take for granted,” Westlund said. “It’s one that needs to be approached with a great sense of stewardship anytime we’re honored to receive it.”[/gn_quote]

Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA and a University of Oregon representative, made the announcement at the State Capitol building in Salem. Lananna and a handful of other representatives accepted the bid from USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“The 2012 Trials were nothing short of spectacular and we are excited to continue our collaboration with Tracktown and the University of Oregon for what we know will be a spectacular event in 2016,” Siegel said. “Last year, Hayward Field provided the backdrop for our Olympic team which went on to dominate the Olympics in a way that was the best performance in a generation. We believe that bringing the Trials back to TrackTown will prepare the team for an equally impressive performance in Rio de Janeiro.”[/gn_quote]

The Trials will run July 1-10 of 2016 with the Olympics themselves taking place August 5-21. Comment below and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @EugeneDailyNews

Final Oregon rundown: Oregon athletes captivate Hayward crowd throughout Olympic Trials

In 2012, stars with University of Oregon ties shined bright in front of their home crowd at yet another Olympic Trials at historic Hayward Field. June 22 The first group of UO athletes to qualify for the Olympic Games were […]

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Tim Chuey Weather:

If you wished for the snow to go away your wish came true, but be careful what you wish for. Now we are being pelted with heavy rain.

High: 52
Low: 40
Rain: 1 inch+

An upper level low pressure trough (“U” shape on yellow line) will be moving through and a  surface low and frontal system pushes into Oregon (later than expected) for another chance for rain heavy at times, and gusty winds. A very wet airflow ahead of and behind another frontal system (position shown is Saturday) will continue the heavy rain flowing through Oregon.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today with rain , heavy at times this AM, rain this afternoon (1 in. of rain possible) and tonight (0.25 in. of rain possible), then rain (0.15 in. of rain possible) Friday and rain Friday night through Saturday night highs 46-52 cooling to 46 Saturday lows 40-42 cooling to near 34 Saturday night. Mostly cloudy with rain Sunday through Wednesday highs 45-52 lows 36-40. (seasonal averages high 48 low 34)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

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