In the farewell season to the current configuration of Hayward Field, the historic venue will play host to another exciting slate of collegiate track and field in 2016, once again including three home competitions before the NCAA Championships and the U.S. Olympic Trials return to Eugene this summer.
The Ducks will begin their home slate with the Pepsi Invitational (April 9) which will return to a four-team meet in 2016. Oregon will take on Pac-12 rival USC, whose men’s team finished fifth at the 2015 NCAA Championships with the women’s team taking seventh. The two teams will be joined by fellow Pac-12 opponent Washington, and Penn State, which finished 10th in the NCAA men’s team race last season.
“The Pepsi meet will no doubt be the best team-scored competition in the country this season,” said head coach Robert Johnson. “Penn State will bring a strong contingent after just winning the Big 10 women’s cross country title last weekend. We will match up with USC and Washington several times throughout the year and this will be another great battle.”
The Pepsi Invitational will be part of back-to-back home meets at Hayward Field with the Oregon Relays following, April 14-16. The Relays combine collegiate and professional competition with the largest high school meet in the northwest with teams from California, Washington and Canada. A portion of the squad will travel to the Mt. SAC Relays during the same weekend.
The final home meet of the regular season is the annual Oregon Twilight held Friday, May 6. Similar to years past the meet will look to feature notable Ducks alums and professional athletes competing at Historic Hayward Field in their final preparations toward the Olympic Trials.
Oregon’s three-meet home schedule will be the last in Hayward Field’s familiar layout. Renovations of the venue, which were included as part of Eugene’s successful bid for the 2021 World Championships, are slated to begin in the summer of 2016.
Before renovations begin, Oregon will host the best collegians in the country with the NCAA Championships, June 8-11 as well as the nation’s greatest athletes who will migrate to Eugene for the Olympic Trials, July 1-10. With the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field for the second of a seven-year agreement spanning through 2021, Eugene will surpass Chicago as the city to most often host the meet, marking the 14th time in TrackTown USA.