EUGENE, Ore. – With the NCAA Championships once again highlighting the Oregon track and field schedule, the Ducks will host an addditional three collegiate meets during the 2015 season, head coach Robert Johnson announced, Thursday.
The NCAA Championships will return to Eugene, June 10-13, for the third consecutive season and 13th time in the meet’s history. The 2015 Championships mark the first in a seven-year agreement for the University of Oregon to host through 2021. Eugene now ties Chicago, which hosted the meet 13 times between 1921 and 1936, for the most of any city in the country.
“We are really excited about our home schedule,” said head coach Robert Johnson. “Hayward Field will once again be the center of track and field in the United States with the NCAA Championships here in June.”
The Ducks will also host the Pepsi Team Invitational, headlined by SEC power Kentucky. The Wildcats’ women’s team finished seventh at the NCAA Outdoor meet in 2014 while the men took 15th. The Ducks will also welcome Pac-12 rival Washington, which makes its 10th appearance at the meet in the past 12 years. Last year, Oregon hosted Arizona in a dual meet that propelled both squads to top finishes in Track and Field News’ Dual Meet rankings. The team looks to up the ante this year with addition of a third nationally recognized team in a tri-meet scored format.
The Pepsi Team Invitational will be part of back-to-back home meets at Hayward Field with the Oregon Relays following, April 16-18. 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 8. Similar to years past the meet will look to feature notable Ducks alums.