EUGENE - Included are athlete quotes from the Road to Eugene '08 High Performance Event, hosted by the University of Oregon, Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Hayward Field. * Please hit your refresh button for continuous updates after each event. *

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Lolo Jones, 100m hurdles:
“Perfect weather and a fast track.  It’s awesome because the crowd is so into it ... anywhere else we’re struggling.”

“I just tried to maintain today after lots of races in Europe.  It was hard to come back (to the U.S.) and the west coast (in particular), but this meet is for a good reason.”

 

Robby Hughes, 110m Hurdles:

“The race went well,  I set out to execute what we’d been practicing this week (back home) in Atlanta.”

On beating Allen Johnson:  “Anytime you can get a win (that’s good)—granted he’s not 100 percent—but never count him out!”  Role models in his event such as Johnson and Terrance Trammel  “are very helpful. We help each other out.”  Hughes is a one –man track club, sponsored by a new Florida-based apparel company, World’s Fastest Human” “Yeah, I’m the only one sponsored.”

 

LaShawn Merritt, 300m:

“I run a lot of 300s in practice but have never competed in it outdoors.  I’m used to training by myself and I went out and ran my own race and I’m pleased.  I tried to keep my form and stay relaxed.  My objective going in was just to win.  Once I got on the curve I backed down a little. I just wanted to finish up strong and relaxed and I did.”

“I’m pleased with my time. I wanted to get in a good race before I go overseas, to Zurich.”

 

A.G. Kruger, hammer:

“I love the idea of this meet. 2-2 1/2 hours and basically the whole stands are packed.”

“I’m just starting to make teams (such as the World Cup), and it gives me experience against top guys.”

Commenting on junior record-setter Walter Henning: “It’s great to see young guys coming up. It’s what we need  in theU.S.”

 

Walter Henning, set American junior record in hammer:

“I was hoping to get those marks earlier in the season, not in the summer. My wire was a little shorter – about ¼” – after it hit the cage on one of my throws, but it worked out OK. (On that record throw) I didn’t know it was a record when I let it go.”

“It was great to be out here throwing with all the great post-collegians. I threw against some of them at the Penn Relays, so it was nice to be on the field with them again.”

About going to Beijing for World Juniors: “I get butterflies thinking about it.”

 

Me’Lisa Barber, 200m: 

“I wanted to run faster.”

“I just wanted to come out and get ready for the European meets.  I have six other races to compete in.”

 

Kelli Suttle, pole vault:

 “I just made a little bit of a mistake today...I needed a meet to prove my fitness before returning to Europe.”  “The wind was a little swirling, mostly cross.”

“I love jumping at the same time next to the men – they make it a lot of fun. The winds were a little tricky today, and the way they changed it kept you on your toes. The field had a lot of great vaulters. You can tell Becky (Holliday) is in PR shape, Niki (McEwen) is jumping well, and when Lacy is on she's ready to jump 15 feet.”

Suttle will retire after this season:  “It’s time to pass the torch. I’ve been doing this for 11 years and it’s harder and harder to stay healthy. I want to be 40 and healthy and play with my kids!”

 

Shawn Crawford, 100m: 

“I thought my race was pretty good.  It was a laidback race.  (He competed) “to support the PAA (Professional Athletics Association).”

“I haven’t had the greatest season this year.  I know I’m better than what I’ve been showing people.”

 

Toby Stevenson, pole vault:

“18-8 is a good jump, not a great jump. My rhythm has been off all year and I got it back today.  Today I felt a lot more like my old self. I’ve been trying too hard.”

 

Reese Hoffa, shot put: 

“I was very happy with my mark today...Get into an environment like this and you’re going to do a great job.”

Competing during the middle of his 2 1/2 week break is “not ideal but it’s such a great cause. I wanted to support the Professional Athletics Association. It wouldn’t be right for me not to be here.   I love the shot and I want everyone to know (what a great event it is). We need to get our fans backing us.”

 

A.J. Acosta, 1,500:

“I haven’t raced in over a month, so this was a good race to get back into the flow of things. I was in dead-man’s land most of the time (by myself), so I know I could have gone faster if there more people in the race.”

 

“This meet (at Hayward Field) was bigger for me than the Oregon Twilight, partly because of the support of the track camp. There were really supportive and you could hear them clearly.”

 

(The goal for World Juniors) To make the final. Andrew (Bumbalough) and have our strategy laid out to advance however we need to. I’m looking forward to seeing China, and the conditions shouldn’t be too tough – we had some really hot and humid weather to deal with in Indianapolis.”

 

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