TrackTown has more in store
EUGENE — The renovation of Hayward Field is on the horizon, as is the potential for a fourth straight USA Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene.
That was the message from TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna last Saturday morning when he met with reporters before the start of the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field.
With the IAAF Outdoor World Track & Field Championships scheduled for Eugene in 2021, the old stadium is due for an upgrade.
That will happen in 2017, Lananna confirmed, with the remodel completed in time for the annual Pre Classic in 2018, or weeks later for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
“Getting Hayward Field up and running is our first task at hand,” said Lananna, who also said no previously scheduled meet would be missed because of construction.
Hayward Field is hosting the NCAA Outdoors every year through 2021 and Lananna said a bid will be made to host the 2020 Olympic Trials. Hayward Field already was home to the Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012 and will be again next summer.
“We plan to go forward and try and host it,” Lananna said. “That’s always been our intent. ... That will really be the first big meet, other than the NCAAs, to enjoy this great facility, because it will be a great facility.”
UO has most entries
Oregon heads into the NCAA outdoor meet next week with more qualifiers than any other team, according to a breakdown provided by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The defending champion Duck men have 23 entries, eight more than Texas A&M, who has the second most with 15.
The Oregon women have 22 entries, five more than Arkansas.
Jenna Prandini (100 and 200 meters, long jump) is one of four athletes nationwide entered in three events. She’s the defending champion in the long jump.
Five other Ducks are expected to double in individual events.
Edward Cheserek, Eric Jenkins and Molly Grabill are each entered in both the 5,000 and 10,000. Jasmine Todd is in the 100 and long jump, and Nate Moore in the long jump and triple jump.
Oregon also has four entries in two different events — the men’s 5,000 and the women’s 1,500.
The only other school to have four athletes in one event is USC in the women’s 100.