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Sprinters in 400 and 100 Punch Tickets to London

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Day 3 of the US Olympic track & field trials in Eugene consisted completely of finals in a quick afternoon at the track highlighted by some nice stories, including one man’s incredible comeback from an incident that nearly cost him the ability to ever walk again.

LaShawn Merritt (right) hugs Bryshon Nellum (left) after the men’s 400m finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene on Sunday (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

In the men’s 400 final, LaShawn Merritt ran a world best time this year of 44.12 seconds to earn his spot on the Olympic team. Florida’s Tony McQuay finished comfortably in second with a time of 44.49 seconds. USC’s Bryshon Nellum used a late surge in the final meters to also earn a spot on the team with a time of 44.80 seconds, edging out Josh Mance by just one hundredth of a second. Noteworthy in this race was Merritt’s winning time, the fastest in the world so far this year.

“This won’t be my first rodeo,” said Merritt. “I will go in confidently, and I am definitely confident in Tony and Nellum that they can handle this. They came out of college and now they’re with the big dogs…It’s a different mentality to run with someone who can run 44.8 in the first round.”

But what was truly incredible in this race is the comeback story of Bryshon Nellum.

Just three years ago, Nellum was shot in the legs after leaving a party at USC. Doctors told Nellum he would never be able to run world class times again. In those three years, Nellum has fought back to become an Olympian.

“It’s been a long journey for me,” said Nellum. “I finally had a healthy season. It’s a blessing to be able to compete out here.”

On the women’s side, Sanya Richards-Ross won the 400 final in 49.28 seconds. Not only was that a world best time for 2012, but also an Olympic trials record, as well as a new Hayward Field record. Finishing in second in 50.02 seconds was Dee Dee Trotter, while Francena McCorory rounded out the top three with a gutsy finish in 50.43 seconds.

“Today was phenomenal,” said Richards-Ross. “There is something so special in competing at Hayward…It’s a dream come true. You really can’t think about it [Olympics] until you get past this. I’m excited to rep Team USA…I feel like I have one of the best coaches in the world.”

Justin Gatlin (right) celebrates a first place finish over Tyson Gay (left) in the men’s 100m race on Sunday (Robert Deutsch/USA Today)

In the day’s final event, the men’s 100, Justin Gatlin ran a scorching fast time of 9.80 seconds to win the final. American record holder Tyson Gay finished second in 9.86 seconds, while Ryan Bailey snagged the final spot on the team, finishing third in 9.93 seconds.

This race was a bit of a homecoming for Bailey, who won the Oregon state championship title in the 100 while at Douglas McKay High School in Salem.

“I’m truly blessed to be here and run at Hayward,” said Bailey. “Every time I’m here they have great fans. I’m just really happy. I can’t put it into words.”

USA Track & Field has also decided on a ruling on the tie that occurred between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh, which is explained below. More info can be found on www.usatf.org, the official website of USATF.

In case of a tie, the following procedure shall be used for breaking a tie for the final qualifying slot in a running-event final in which a U.S. National Team or Olympic Team is being selected:

  1. If either athlete declines his or her position on the National Team/Olympic Team, that athlete will be named the alternate and the other athlete will assume the final available position.
  2. If neither athlete declines their position, they will be given the option to determine the tie-breaker via coin toss or by run-off.

  3. If both athletes choose the same option, that option will be utilized as the tie-breaker.

  4. If the athletes disagree on the tie-breaker, the tie will be broken by a run-off.

  5. If both athletes refuse to declare a preference regarding the method between a run off and coin toss in regards to how the tie is broken, the tie will be broken by coin toss. 

Tomorrow’s events will include finals in the women’s triple jump, men’s high jump, and men’s javelin throw, as well as the men’s and women’s 800.

Ashton Eaton Breaks World Record in Decathlon to Become Greatest Athlete in the World

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Former Oregon Ducks standout Ashton Eaton breaks down after breaking the world record on Saturday.

They call it Historic Hayward Field for two reasons. Not just for the history of the stadium itself, but the historic moments that continue to happen to this day.

On Saturday at Hayward Field, Ashton Eaton wrote another chapter in the storied history of the stadium as he broke the world record in the decathlon with 9,039 points. The former record was 9,026 points, held by Roman Sebrle.

While it had become clear that Eaton would win the decathlon to earn a spot on the US Olympic team, he still had to pull off a personal best performance in the final event, the 1,500 meters, in order to claim the world record. Eaton would need a 4:16.23 for the record.

Eaton maintained a perfect pace throughout the race to put himself in position for the time needed to break the record, surging down the final 100 meters while the roar of the crowd was deafening. He would win the race in 4:14.98, earning 850 points in the event. Joe Detmer and Curtis Beach finished second and third respectively. In a class act, both Detmer and Beach, who were ahead of Eaton, pulled up to let him win the final event, capping off one of the greatest moments not just at Hayward Field, but in the history of track & field.

“It is a representation of all the work I have put in, but also my friends, family support and staff have put in,” said Eaton. “There is not much I can say.”

The day’s events also saw two finals with the women’s 100 hurdles and the women’s 100 meters. In the 100 hurdles, Nike’s Dawn Harper was the first to cross the line in 12.73 seconds. Harper fought off cramps she had been experiencing before the race in order to earn a ticket to London.

“I was pretty relaxed,” said Harper. “The crazy part was I cramped up two or three times before the race. The race came together for sure. It’s a true blessing, knowing all the work I put into it.”

Jones will be a representative for Team USA in London this summer after her qualifying time in the 100 meters.

The race also saw Lolo Jones fighting over the hurdles to lock up the final spot on the Olympic team with a 12.86 second performance. Jones will return to the Olympics for another chance at the medal stand. In 2008, Jones was a gold medal favorite, but tripped over the second-to-last hurdle, finishing seventh in the finals.

“I was filled with doubt and fear,” said Jones. “It’s been a constant uphill battle, and to have the confidence to get through this…I’m just thrilled, thrilled to have another shot.”

The final event of the day turned out to be the most controversial as well. Heavy favorite Carmelita Jeter finished first in 10.92 seconds with Tianna Madison close behind in second at 10.96 seconds. But the real story of the race was what happened with third place. In a photo finish, Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix were the next to cross the line. After looking at the finish line photos, officials credited Tarmoh with the win, edging out Felix by one thousandth of a second.

However, an hour later, USATF reversed the decision. After reviewing the photo and video, officials ruled that both Tarmoh and Felix finished in 11.07 seconds. There is no procedure in place to break the tie. As of right now, officials are still determining what they will do to break the tie. A popular suggestion is a run-off between the two as the fairest way to settle the debate. Those suggesting the idea say that it will make for great TV and a great story.

Stay tuned for continued coverage of the Olympic Trials, including a ruling on the dead heat finish in the women’s 100 final.

Eaton, Rupp Turn in Record Performances at Olympic Trials

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Eaton, a former Oregon Ducks track & field star and local athlete, competes in numerous events including the shot put (Photo credit: Mike Blake/Reuters)

The day started off with the 100 meter race for the decathlon. In heat one, Ryan Harlan finished first with a time of 11.26 seconds. The winner of heat two was Curtis Beach, crossing the line in 10.88 seconds. Heat three featured local favorite Ashton Eaton of OTC Elite and 2008 Olympic decathlon champion Brian Clay of ASICS, who has never lost an Olympic trials. Eaton exploded off the blocks for a world record 100 meter decathlon time of 10.21 seconds, even with a steady drizzle falling at Hayward Field. Clay finished second in 10.45 seconds.

Ashton Eaton followed up his world record performance in the 100 meter race with another world record in the long jump. Eaton soared through the air for a jump of 8.23 meters (27 feet), the longest jump in the history of the decathlon. Eaton’s previous best jump was just one centimeter shorter. Brian Clay jumped 7.40 meters, good enough for fourth place in the first round, and sixth place overall for the event.

The first round of the men’s 400 meters got underway Friday afternoon at Hayward Field. Nike’s LaShawn Merritt had the fastest time of all heats, winning heat one in 45.36 seconds. Oregon school record holder Mike Berry finished sixth in his respective heat in 46.29 seconds, missing the cut two advance by two tenths of a second.

In the women’s side of the 400, Francena McCorory had the fastest time out of the four heats, winning her respective race in 51.11 seconds. Also in McCorory’s heat was Oregon’s Phyllis Francis, who surged on the homestretch into third place to automatically advance with a time of 52.82 seconds. Former Duck Keshia Baker, now running for Saucony, finished second in the third heat with a time of 52.02 seconds to advance to the next round.

“All I wanted to do was qualify,” said Francis. “I was a little nervous, but I tried not to stress too much. I could have run faster, but I’m proud of myself.”

Baker dons an American flag after a successful run in the trials.

Molly Beckwith of Saucony had the fastest time in any heat of the women’s 800 on Friday, winning her heat in 2:00.61. Oregon’s Laura Roesler surged into third in her race to automatically advance as she finished her heat in 2:03.11.

“I felt really good,” said Roesler. “I definitely had a smile on my face and I came here to do what I did, so I am happy.”

Tyler Mulder and Nick Symmonds of OTC Elite had the fastest and third fastest qualifying times respectively. Mulder won his heat in 1:46.81, while Symmonds won his heat in 1:46.94. Oregon’s Elijah Greer had a strong second place finish in his respective heat, crossing the line in 1:47.42 to advance.

“At 300 meters I made a move and finished second,” said Greer. “I made a lot of bad moves, accelerations weren’t needed. Tomorrow, I don’t want to make the same mistakes. The last 200 meters was perfect energy for that round.”

In the women’s 100, Oregon’s English Gardner finished third in her heat in 11.27 to automatically advance to the next round of heats. Tianna Madison of Saucony ran her way to the fastest qualifying time of the day, winning her heat in 11.10 seconds. Gardner used the support of the hometown fans to her advantage.

“I love my home crowd,” said Gardner. “They keep me going. I thank God every day for my fan base at University of Oregon.”

Ashton Eaton continued his dominating day in the 400 meter portion of the decathlon, winning the third heat in 46.70, over a full second ahead of second place. Eaton’s time was the fastest of all heats. The 400 was the final decathlon event of the day as Eaton wrapped up the day with 4,728 points, 17 points ahead of American record pace. On Saturday, Eaton will attempt to take down the American decathlon record of 8,891 points, currently held by Dan O’Brien, a record that has stood since 1992. Eaton will also go after the world record, of 9,026 points, held by Roman Serble. That record has stood since 2001.

“What you’re seeing is a culmination of everyone who supported me,” said Eaton. “I just do not want to let anyone down.”

The men’s 10,000 meter final featured one of the most dominating performances ever, as all three of the qualifiers beat the former Olympic trials record of 27:36.49 seconds. Former Oregon star Galen Rupp used a 4:14 final mile to win in 27:25.33, a new trials record by over ten seconds. OTC Elite’s Matt Tegenkamp finished second in 27:33.94 while Nike’s Dathan Ritzenhein claimed the final spot on the 10,000 Olympic team in 27:36.09. Ritzenhein had not yet reached the Olympic A standard of 27:45, but ran a strategic race with Rupp, a teammate of his at Nike, to easily reach that standard.

Rupp celebrates after coming in first place in the men’s 10,000 meter race (Photo credit: Eric Gay/AP)

“Im extremely blessed,” said Rupp. “I feel like the luckiest guy on earth.”

During the race, the runners were drenched with some summer rain, but that didn’t stop Rupp.

“I wasn’t worried about it,” said Rupp. “I grew up with it and I love running in it. Regardless of the weather, you have to go out and compete.”

The women’s 10K featured a much more down to the wire finish. Leading for much of the way, it was Amy Hastings to cross the line first in 31:58.36 to earn her spot on Team USA. Natosha Rodgers of Texas A&M finished second in a personal-best 31:59.21 while Shalane Flanagan rounded out the top three with a 31:59.69 finish. Flanagan, who already had a ticket punched to London after winning the marathon trials back in January in Houston, has said she will only run the marathon in London. Rogers does not have the Olympic A standard of 31:45, so she will not be on the team despite finishing in the top three. In place of Flanagan and Johnson on the Olympic team will be Lisa Uhl, who finished fourth in 32:03.46 and seventh-place finisher Janet Bawcom (32:17.06). Uhl and Bawcom were the next two finishers that had previously achieved the Olympic A standard.

“I am just so excited that I can’t even express it,” said Bawcom. “I am so happy to be here and to be apart of a great team.”

The action picks back up tomorrow starting at 9:30 am with the continuation of the decathlon. Tomorrows finals include the women’s 100 meter hurdles and women’s 100 meter race.

15 Minutes With Kevin Wulff, CEO of ASICS America

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Kevin Wulff replaced Richard Bourne after 19 strong years at ASICS.

On Thursday night, Eugene Daily News had the opportunity to meet with Kevin Wulff, CEO of ASICS America. We talked with Kevin about Ryan Hall, an ASICS runner who will represent the US in the men’s marathon, their presence at the Olympic Trials, their involvement in major marathons, as well as their involvement in the lightweight running shoe movement with the ASICS 33 collection.

EDN: Obviously a very exciting time for ASICS with the Olympics approaching. You have Ryan Hall representing your company in the men’s marathon in London. What does that mean for ASICS?

KW: “Ryan is amazing as a person. We have a marketing campaign called Stop at Never,  and Ryan epitomizes Stop at Never as well as every single employee. We’re all trying to find ways to improve and innovate, and that’s exactly what Ryan does. To have him going to London as our representative is pretty darn exciting. He’s got the fastest time (in the marathon) as an American and it’s going to be a very competitive field as it always is, but he and his wife are both favorites of the company, and he is really what ASICS is all about.”

EDN: Nike has a huge presence at the Olympic Trials. What is ASICS doing to compete in that market here in Eugene this week? 

KW: “We respect everything they do and everything they have done for this event and the university. We’re going to be doing a lot of things to, number one to let our athletes know that we’re here to support them and to be visible. We’re going to also be visible within the community. We have what we call the Stop at Never challenge. We have three activities, or challenges so to speak that we set up over at Sun Motors. So they can challenge themselves through these activities of long jump, a reflex machine and other things like that. Anybody who enters gets ice cream at Prince Puckler’s. We have three winners each day who go into a raffle where they win a complete trip to the New York City Marathon or the Los Angeles Marathon. We have some fun things going on at the Original Pancake House. We have the whole thing wallpapered. Free coffee, and just things that we do that are visible, fun, and say thank you to our consumers. We’ll just do it in our own way and have some fun with it.”

EDN: ASICS is extremely involved in the New York City Marathon. Will ASICS be looking to sponsor more major marathons? 

KW: “We’re involved in probably 100 marathons across the country in some way. We stepped up in a significant way with the Pittsburgh Marathon and the New York City Marathon. The Los Angeles Marathon we just picked up in a significant way and I’m not sure we’ll add even more events, but we just want to get even more innovative in the events that we have. We want to really elevate and innovate. We’re doing things that haven’t been done before, and that’s what really excites us.”

EDN: The minimalist shoe movement has been popular in the running community. What is ASICS doing to become involved in that movement? 

KW: “Anybody who has known ASICS and our heritage and the epicenter of who we are is product. We do well at marketing and other areas of business but product design development is who we are. The who minimal thing, we call it lightweight. We’ve had it for a long time. 33 is a collection where we have a lot of performance built into lightweight products. Whether it be stability, cushioning, or motion control, we’ve built technology into our 33 collection. We’re launching something with our new campaign called the Gel-Lyte. That has its own properties, a lot of color, a lot of fun in the uppers. We feel it’s a space we’re good at, we’ve been involved, but we’ve dedicated additional styles, focus and effort to meet consumer demand. It’s pretty exciting but something that came natural to us because we’ve had lightweight running product for quite a long time.”

Stay tuned for our Q&A session with ASICS athlete Deena Kastor, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist for the United States in the marathon.

Ryan Hall, an ASICS runner who will represent the US in the men’s marathon

China’s Liu Xiang blazes past field in 100-meter hurdles at Prefontaine Classic

This weekend, the Prefontaine Classic featured a number of notable performances in anticipation of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. China’s Liu Xiang grabbed headlines with a world-record time in the 110-meter hurdles (12.87) before the time was deemed illegal, with a 2.4-meter-per-second boost from the wind exceeding the allowable limit of 2.0. Liu’s best official time is 12.88, set in 2006, which was a world record for two years.

In other action, former world champion Allyson Felix blazed through a deep field in the 200 meters, finishing in 22.23 seconds. In the men’s 200, Wallace Spearmon won with a time 20.27.

In middle distance races, Olympic 400-meter gold medalist LaShawn Merritt claimed a victory in 44.91. Merritt caught world champion Kirani James, who was later disqualified after a false start. Chris Brown of the Bahamas finished second in 45.24. Oscar Pistorius, a South African double amputee looking to qualify for the Olympics, crossed the tape last in 46.86.

Justin Gatlin topped the 100-meter field in 9.90. His time lagged far behind a 9.76 mark set by Usain Bolt in Rome on Thursday. Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix finished fourth in 10.04.

 

Photos: Oregon prep shine at track and field state championship meet

Prep athletes put on quite a show Friday and Saturday as the OSAA 6A, 5A, 4A Track and Field State Championship Meet was held at Hayward Field. Junior Hayley Crouser of Gresham, one of the nation’s top track and field athletes, placed first in the 100 meter hurdles, javelin and shot put. Senior Garrett Snow of Eagle Point threw 205-8 to set a new meet record for 5A men’s javelin. Sophomore Paige Rice of St. Mary’s Academy ran the 3000 meter race in 9 minutes, 49.77 seconds, easily taking first place and running the eleventh fastest time in state history. With the 2012 track and field season coming to an end for high school athletes, work on Hayward Field will continue to morph it into the location of the 2012 US Olympic Trials.

Senior Nykell Hunter of Madison launches off the starting blocks in the preliminaries of the men's 4×400 meter relay. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Isareal Inge of Aloha takes off running in the preliminaries of the 6A men's 4×100 meter relay. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Joe Delgado of Ontario reacts after taking first place in the 4A men's 300 meter hurdles. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Male athletes running in the 4×400 meter relay hand off the baton while a track official directs runners off the track after the exchange. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Gresham's Haley Crouser, one of the United State's top-ranking track and field athletes competes in the women's 100 meter hurdles. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Schuller Rettig of Madison, after finishing in 8th place of the men's 300 meter hurdles, collapses to the ground in pain after injuring himself on a hurdle. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Kylie Durant of Mazama sprints down the straight-away after completing a hand-off in finals of the women's 4×100 meter relay. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Isareal Inge of Aloha prepares himself for the 6A men's 4×400 meter relay. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

A Westview Wildcat lands in the sand pit while competing in the 6A men's long jump. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Madi Greenleaf of Lakeridge collapses to the ground after taking second in the 6A women's 300 meter hurdles. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

A St. Mary's Academy Blue sprints in the finals of the 6A women's 400 meter dash. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Joe Delgado of Ontario runs in the finals of the 4A men's 110 meter hurdles. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

The Corvallis 4×400 meter relay team celebrates after placing 1st in the finals of the 4A 4×400 meter relay. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

May 7 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

The proposed Capstone project at 13th and Olive.
  • Collision delays traffic on 126, sends several to hospitals
    Highway 126 was blocked or delayed west of Leaburg for about two hours Sunday afternoon after a two-vehicle collision sent several people to the hospital. Both vehicles, a red Nissan Quest van and a black Corvette, left the road and went do…
  • Capstone tax break proposal headed to council
    On-site property managers. An improved bicycle and pedestrian way. Consultations with police to make sure student tenants are good neighbors. Energy efficient buildings. Capstone Collegiate Communities and city officials have agreed that Capstone will …
  • Several agencies digging near Drain
    Several law enforcement agencies including Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and the FBI are digging near a residence between Drain and Yoncalla.
  • New Sunday farmers market in Eugene
    Local businesses are coming together for a new market in the Whiteaker district.
  • EWEB looks at possible layoffs to balance budget
    The Eugene Water & Electric Board is considering layoffs among the cost-cutting measures it expects to put in place by July 1. The utility is seeking to fill a $1.2 million projected shortfall in its 2012 budget as well as anticipating a much bigge…
  • The house that Wayne Morse built opens its doors
    For Melanie Lee, that bucolic city park in the south Eugene foothills was never the “Wayne Morse Farm.” Instead it was just grandpa’s house. “I was first brought here as toddler,” she said on Sunday afternoon as dozens of people milled around…
  • Scooter riders rally for annual ride
    More than 40 scooter riders hit the highways of the Willamette Valley this weekend for the 13th Annual Scooter Ride.
  • Beavers Take Series With Dramatic Sunday Win Over Stanford
    Ryan Dunn’s shot to left center narrowly evaded the glove of diving center fielder Jake Stewart and the senior’s single served as the game-winner in the 10th inning in the Oregon State baseball team’s …
  • Familiar faces light up Oregon Twilight track meet
    It may have been two years since football favorite De’Anthony Thomas ran any form of track, but that didn’t stop him from making an impression during this weekend’s Oregon Twilight meet at Hayward Field. He proved to be a threat, even…
  • Theisen resets Pac-12 heptathlon record
    Oregon’s Brianne Theisen set the all-time Pac-12 record in the heptathlon with 6,353 points at Hayward Field on Sunday. Not only did she easily surpass the Olympic “A” qualifying standard of 6,150, she finished with the No. 3 all-time collegiate …
  • Ducks rally to win key baseball series
    Aaron Jones went 2-for-4 and singled home Kevin Shepherd with the winning run with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, as Oregon scored three runs over the final three innings to beat Arizona 3-1 and win a critical Pac-12 baseba…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

A bright and warmer day today, but we’ll cool back down for your Tuesday.

High: 78
Low: 38
Rain: mostly clear

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the yellow line) is bringing more sunshine and warmer temperatures through today. There will be a cool down Tuesday due to a weakening frontal system, that’s still offshore, then it’s back to sunny and warmer again by Wednesday.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis:  Sunny and warmer today, partly cloudy tonight, partly cloudy and cooler Tuesday, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy Tuesday night, a mix of clouds and sun Wednesday, partly cloudy Wednesday night highs 78-60 lows 45-38. Partly cloudy Thursday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, mostly clear Thursday night, mostly sunny Friday and Saturday, mostly clear Friday night, partly cloudy Saturday night, then mostly sunny Sunday highs 62-72 cooling to 68 Sunday lows 39-45. (seasonal averages high 65 low 42)

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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April 27 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Mistaken identity and a vigorous application of force costs city 250k
  • Private School Hits Expansion Roadblock
    A local private school is looking to expand, but it says it ran into a roadblock. Willow Creek Academy in Eugene wants to rent some old 4J properties, but it says the district won’t let it. Some parents are saying that they haven’t been getting m…
  • Central Justice Court in Springfield closes its doors Friday
    Friday will be the last day of operation for the Central Justice Court. The 22-year Springfield court is closing due to Lane County’s loss of some $14 million in federal funding for the coming fiscal year. It was once one of three cou…
  • Record numbers seeking concealed handgun licenses in Lane County, Oregon
    Barry Howarth has been extra busy lately, due to a sudden and sharp increase in the number of visitors to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office seeking permits to legally carry concealed handguns. “We’re seeing record numbers” of new permit applican…

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather is updated as it happens!

Tim Chuey Weather:

We’ll start drying out today so that the weekend can be sunny and dry.

High: 67
Low: 46
Rain: slight chance of showers

A weak high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on yellow line) is moving away from the Pacific Northwest with a low pressure trough (“U” shape on the yellow line) pushing in behind it. Next another high pressure ridge will position itself to hold off some storms, but others will be able to slide in under it.  A frontal system has moved through Oregon bringing more clouds with sun breaks, cooler air and showers to the area. Another frontal system will brush by to the North Sunday.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: A mix of clouds and sun today with a slight (20%) chance of  AM showers (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers tonight, just mostly cloudy Saturday, partly cloudy Saturday night through Sunday night highs 57-67 lows 43-46. A mix of clouds and sun Monday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Tuesday night and Wednesday night, then mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Thursday highs 67-62 lows 47-43. (seasonal averages high 63 low 41)

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.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Oregon women finish first in 4×400 heat on opening day of Penn Relays

On the first day of competition at the Penn Relays, the Oregon women’s 4×400 ran the best time in preliminary heats. The team was also the sixth-fastest in school history.

The team — made up of Devin Gosberry, Laura Roesler, Chizoba Okodogbe and Phyllis Francis — finished in 3:33.78, and will advance to the finals of the event on Saturday. The Ducks will take on Texas A&M, Louisiana State, Illinois, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Hampton and Georgetown.

One individual competitor also ran for the Ducks on Thursday. Bronwyn Crossman finished 10th in the women’s 5,000 meters with a time of 16:14.22.

The Ducks will return to action on Friday in a number of relay events throughout the day.

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