EUGENE, Ore. – Special guest musician Bruce Hornsby will perform the national anthem on the final day of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 8 at Historic Hayward Field.
The anthem will take place prior to the first running event of the day – the women’s 400 meter relay – at 2 p.m. Hornsby will be joined by fellow Grammy Award winner Sonny Emory on drums for the anthem and the duo will also perform a short improvisational set in the Fan Interactive Zone at the south end of Hayward Field as fans arrive beginning at 11:30 a.m. on June 8.
Hornsby, a 13-time Grammy nominee has played the “Star-Spangled Banner” at a number of high profile sporting events, including the 1991 NBA All-Star game, four NBA finals games and Game 5 of the 1997 World Series. His son Russell Hornsby is a sophomore on the Ducks’ track and field team.
“June 8 will be one of the best days in track and field competition this year, and we are excited to have such a talented musician in Bruce Hornsby to kick off the action,” NCAA Championships Director Vin Lananna said. “I can’t imagine a better way to begin the final day of the NCAA Championships.” Hornsby’s current band, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, which includes Emory at drums, will be back in TrackTown USA on July 5 for a concert at the Cascadia Music Festival.
The remaining anthem singers for the Championships were also announced. University of Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett will sing the national anthem on Friday, June 7. Barrett, the defending NCAA champion in the high jump and the national collegiate record-holder in the event, performed the national anthem at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships at Hayward Field.
She will compete in the high jump on June 8.
Local musicians Caleb and Sol Rexius will perform the anthem on Thursday, June 6, while Amanda Merrill, the reigning Miss Lane County, will sing on the opening day, June 5.
Tickets to the NCAA Championships are currently on sale at goducks.com/tracktickets.com.
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