EUGENE, Ore. – With the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships just one week away at historic Hayward Field, the next “TrackTown Tuesday” event will move outside and shine a spotlight on past individual NCAA champions from Oregon Track Club Elite.
In addition, Oregon track and field coach Robert Johnson will be on hand to talk about the Ducks’ performance at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Arkansas. He’ll also take a look ahead at the UO men’s and women’s team chances for an NCAA trophy.
The free one-hour show begins at 7 p.m. outside of Nike Running Eugene at Oakway Center on June 3. There will be a Fun Run to kick things off at 5:30 p.m. The run will be paced through three miles and interested participants will be able to product test a brand new line of Nike shoes.
The social hour, as presented by Hop Valley Brewing Company, begins at 6 p.m. with free appetizers from Oakway Center vendors. TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna will serve as host of the festivities and former UO three-sport standout Jordan Kent will be the master of ceremonies.
The past NCAA champions from OTC Elite that will make an appearance at the event are University of Oregon alums Andrew Wheating, Elijah Greer and Anne Kesselring, plus Charles Jock (UC Irvine), Bridget Franek (Penn State) and Tyler Mulder (Northern Iowa), along with nine-time NCAA champion Sally Kipyego (Texas Tech).
You won’t want to miss these special guests as they talk about their personal experiences at the NCAA Championships.
Wheating was a three-time national champion for the Ducks, capped by his 800m-1,500m double at the 2010 NCAA Championships at Hayward Field. Greer became the first UO runner to win NCAA 800m titles both indoors and outdoors last year,
and Kesselring earned an 800m title as a sophomore at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jock was the NCAA outdoor 800m champion in 2012; Mulder won the NCAA indoor 800m crown in 2008; and Franek claimed a national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2010.
Kipyego’s nine NCAA titles came in cross country (2006, ’07, ’08), outdoor track (10,000m, ‘07; 5,000m, ’08) and indoor track (5,000m, ’07, ’08, ’09; 3,000m, ’07). She is tied with Suzy Favor-Hamilton for the most individual championships in NCAA history.
As always, there will be random prize drawings for tickets to the NCAA Championships and IAAF World Junior Championships.
The final “TrackTown Tuesday” of the season will be July 15.
Don’t forget: This year promises to be the greatest season of track and field ever staged at Hayward Field. You can buy tickets for the NCAA Championships and IAAF World Junior Championships at goducks.com/tracktickets or Oregon14.com.