Track Town USA

Track & Field—and Track Town USA! There’s a lot of track news going on in every corner of the globe, but especially in Eugene, Oregon—home of the Oregon Ducks and historic Hayward Field, and better known by track fans the world over as Track Town USA!

This page has one mission—to summarize and present links to important, breaking track news stories as soon as they are reported on the web. Our sources for stories and links are some of the most popular and highly regarded online chronicles in the sport of track and field, including:
• trackandfieldnews.c 07/10/2016

Bernard Lagat, at 41, wins 5000 title, trip to Rio

In team sports, 41-year-old men are becoming almost commonplace. But to be a distance runner that age is something else again. No man that age on this planet is nearly as fit as Bernard Lagat, who passed Galen Rupp and all others in the final lap of the 5K, winning in 13:35.50 and punching his ticket to Rio for his fifth Olympic Games. The veteran, a US recordholder at 1500, makes his fifth Olympic team.

[06/11/16]   Exactly 50 years ago today, Jim Ryun set his 1:44.3 NCAA record at 800 meters. Tonight, Texas A & M freshman Donavan Brazier ran 1:43.55 at historic Hayward Field, shattering Ryun’s five-decades-old collegiate record. #blazingbrazier 02/14/2013

Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder: 2011 Nike Ad is Eerily Prescient - Track News - News : TrackTow

Oscar Pistorius was arguably the most talked-about athlete of the 2012 Olympics. Now he’s more in the spotlight than ever, though hardly in a good way... Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder: 2011 Nike Ad is Eerily Prescient


For those who enjoy data, this PDF shows split times for the Olympic men's marathon race. It also presents split information for some of the notable runners who dropped out. 08/13/2012

Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich Wins Marathon Gold - Track > 2012 Olympics Track & Field -

Stephen Kiprotich shocks Kenyans Kirui and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich with a bold move at the 23-mile mark. 20 starters did not finish, including all 3 Ethiopians in the race. Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich Wins Marathon Gold. Conditions for the 2012 London Olympic men's marathon final could be aptly described as grueling, with runners struggling under 80 degree temperatures with 50% humidity. 08/12/2012

Vin Lananna Addresses TrackTown USA with Olympics Recap - Track > 2012 Olympics Track & Field -

Not sure exactly what’s behind Vin’s open letter to TrackTown USA, but it’s always great to hear from him. You’re right, Vin—The flame burns as brightly as ever! Vin Lananna Addresses TrackTown USA with Olympics Recap. Vin Lananna, former head coach of the Oregon Ducks track and field team, has returned from London and has released the following message to Eugene, Oregon and the sporting press. 08/12/2012

USA Women Grab 4 x 400m Gold in 3:16.87 - Track > 2012 Olympics Track & Field -

About a second off the world record, the USA 4x400 relay women win gold by a huge margin over Russia and Jamaica. USA Women Grab 4 x 400m Gold in 3 16.87. Team USA in the women's 4x400m relay final—DeeDee Trotter, Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory, and Sanya Richards Ross—ran to perfection in securing a gold medal finish. 08/12/2012

Bolt and Jamaica Smash World Record in 4 x 100m with 36.84 - Track > 2012 Olympics Track & Field -

The USA's Ryan Bailey is certainly a fine sprinter, but to run the anchor leg in a 4x100 against Usain Bolt? That's a tall order... Bolt and Jamaica Smash World Record in 4 x 100m with 36.84. It's a lot to ask of Team USA’s Ryan Bailey to run the anchor leg against sprinting megastar Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Team coaches came up with a rather unorthodox 08/12/2012

Mo Farah Wins 5000m to Complete 5K-10K Double - Track > 2012 Olympics Track & Field -

Mo Farah completes the 5K-10K double to become the undisputed Distance King of the 2012 London Olympics. USA's Lagat is 4th, while Rupp finishes 7th. Mo Farah Wins 5000m to Complete 5K 10K Double. Mo Farah brought collective cheers to the host nation of Great Britain with his rousing gold medal effort in the men’s 5000 meters final. 08/06/2012

Usain Bolt Wins 100m Gold in Olympic Record 9.63 - Track > 2012 Olympics Track & Field -

World's Fastest Man? Usain Bolt, of course, repeating as gold medalist at 100m with Olympic record 9.63. Usain Bolt Wins 100m Gold in Olympic Record 9.63. Bolt has silenced his disbelievers, those who figured his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake was poised to take Olympic gold. Despite a poor start, Bolt dominated the second half of the 2012 London Olympics 08/04/2012

It's a Salazar Sweep for Farah and Rupp in Men's 10K - Track > 2012 Olympics Track & Field

One of the greatest track races of the past 2 decades: a lot of strategy, tactics, and team play, but in the end, Farah and Rupp would not be denied. It's a Salazar Sweep for Farah and Rupp in Men's 10K. Alberto Salazar trained Mo Farah and Galen Rupp to the gold and silver medals in the men’s 10,000 meters final at the 2012 London Olympics.

[08/04/12]   The Agony and the Ecstasy in the Olympics Men’s 400 prelims: Kirani James wins heat 2 in the most relaxed manner conceivable, while LaShawn Merritt pulls up with a DNF in heat 6 due to prior hamstring injury.

[07/17/12]   Mary Cain, 16, has run a 4:11.01 1500m at the IAAF World Juniors Championships, breaking Jordan Hasay’s US prep record of 4:14.50. Cain can next take aim at the US junior record of 4:09.10, held by Suzy Favor Hamilton. 07/05/2012

2012 Olympic Trials Post Mortem: An Autopsy of the Tarmoh-Felix Dead Heat - Track > 2012 US Olympic.

With Jeneba Tarmoh having withdrawn from the runoff 100m race against Allyson Felix, Eugene and Hayward have been given a black eye as an Olympic Track Trials venue—thanks to the USATF... The Tracktown 2012 Trials have been completed, and Jeneba Tarmoh has withdrawn from the USATF runoff against Allyson Felixconceding her the third and final spot on the USA 100 meters team. 07/05/2012

Tarmoh a victim of USATF bungling

Greg Couch of Fox Sports expounds an interesting theory about why USATF officials blindsided Jenebah Tarmoh in the 100m Dead Heat Fiasco. With Tarmoh being an unknown sprints novice, while Allyson Felix is an elite Olympic veteran sponsored by megacorporations like Nike and NBC, was Felix too big to fail? Tarmoh falls victim to USATFs rampant incompetence.

[07/02/12]   The run-off between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh will be held at Hayward Field Monday at 5 p.m. NBC will show taped footage of the race during its 8 p.m. swimming coveraqe. 07/02/2012

Olympic Trials 1500m (M): Manzano Outkicks Centro for the Win - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials.

Matt Centrowitz can usually outsprint any 1500m competitor, but Leo Manzano blew by him to win the Trials 1500 final. The 3rd spot went to former UO runner Andrew Wheating. Matt Centrowitz made the 1500 meters final look like a typical Centro wire to wire victory, but the fresher legs belonged to Leo Manzano, who sprinted past him down the stretch for the win. 07/02/2012

Olympic Trials 1500m (W): Morgan Uceny Holds Off a Strong Field - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trial

Morgan Uceny stayed strong in the final lap of the 1500 meters final to win in 4:04.59. Shannon Rowbury finished 2nd in 4:05.11, and Jenny Simpson was 3rd (4:05.17). Olympic Trials 1500m Women Morgan Uceny Holds Off a Strong FieldIt was Morgan Uceny's race all the way at historic Hayward Field, with none of the other competitors able to challenge her in the final lap. 07/02/2012

Olympic Trials 400m Hurdles Finals (M): Tinsley, Taylor, Clement - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Tria

Olympic Trials 400m Hurdles results: Michael Tinsley, 48.33; Angelo Taylor, 48.57; and Kerron Clement, 48.89. Michael Tinsley looked sharp and smooth as he pulled away from the field in the 400m hurdles final to win in 48.33. 07/02/2012

Olympic Trials 400m Hurdles Finals (W): Demus, Moline, Brown - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials T

In the 400m Hurdles, Lashinda Demus won in 53.98, followed by Georganna Moline (54.33) and T'erea Brown (54.81). Olympic Trials 400m Hurdles Finals W Demus, Moline, Brown. Lashinda Demus ran the 400m hurdles final race in fine form, winning in 53.98. 07/02/2012

Olympic Trials 200m: Allyson Felix Wins in Trials Record 21.69 - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials

Allyson Felix posts Olympic Trials record 21.69 in 200 meters final; Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross join her on the U.S. Olympic team. While Allyson Felix's spot on the 100m Olympic team may remain in doubt, Felix locked up her spot on the 200m by running 21.69, the third fastest time in U.S. history. 07/02/2012

Olympic Trials Heptathlon: Hyleas Fountain Scores 6419 for the Win - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Tr

Hyleas Fountain leads the U.S. women heptathletes to the 2012 London Olympics. The titles continue for heptathlete Hyleas Fountain her victory at historic Hayward Field earned her a second Olympic Trials win and her fifth American title in the multi event competition.


Yohan Blake Defeats Usain Bolt in Jamaican Trials 100m - Track > 2012 Olympics Track & Field -

Usain Bolt is the world's fastest human, but he's only the second-fastest man in Jamaica... Yohan Blake Defeats Usain Bolt in Jamaican Trials 100m. Usain Bolt may hold the world record in the 100 meters, but he has come up short in championship races over the past year. 07/01/2012

Olympic Trials Results: 110m H (Men) - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials Track & Field -

Aries Merritt runs a world-leading time of 12.93 in the men's 110m hurdles; David Richardson and Jeffrey Porter join him for the London Games. David Oliver finishes 5th and will miss the 2012 Olympics. In running a world leading time of 12.93, Aries Merritt became the fifth fastest hurdler in American history. The reigning world champion, David Richardson, was close behind Merritt in 12.98. 07/01/2012

Vin Lananna Leaves Coaching to Focus on UO Indoor Track Facility - Track > University of Oregon Indo

Vin Lananna will leave coaching the Oregon Ducks to focus on the construction of the UO's indoor track facility. His successor will be associate head women's coach Robert Johnson. Vin Lananna Leaves Coaching to Focus on UO Indoor Track Facility. It's official or nearly so Oregon Ducks track and field coach and associate athletic director Vin Lananna will soon be stepping down as the University of Oregon head track coach. 07/01/2012

3000m Steeplechase Final (Men): Evan Jager Dominates - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials Track & F

Evan Jager's race tactics in the men's 3000m steeplechase are picture perfect, and he wins easily, followed by Donald Cabral and Kyle Alcorn. Olympic Track Trials, 3000m Steeplechase Final Men Evan Jager Dominates at TrackTown USA. 07/01/2012

5000m Finals (Men): Galen Rupp Breaks Pres Olympic Record! - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials Tr.

Fireworks at Hayward! Galen Rupp, not a kicker by reputation, passed uberkicker Bernard Lagat down the stretch to win the men's 5K and break Pre's 40-year-old U.S. Olympic Trials record. 2012 Olympic Track Trials, 5000m Finals Men Galen Rupp Breaks Pre's Olympic Record at Tracktown USA 07/01/2012

5000m Finals (Women): Kim Conley Edges Julia Lucas for Third Spot - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Tri

Julia Lucas led early, but faded hard late in the women's 5K. Julie Culley and Molly Huddle passed her easily to take 1st and 2nd, and Kim Conley nipped her at the tape for the 3rd Olympic team spot. The women's 5000m final produced thrilling photo finish for third place and the final spot on the Olympic team. The photo finish was between Kim Conley and Julia Lucas. 07/01/2012

Trials Photo Gallery: Jesse Williams in the High Jump - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials Track &.

High jumper Jesse Williams placed 4th at the Tracktown Olympic Trials, but he has the A standard and will go to London regardless. Here is a gallery showing Jesse's jumps in the finals rounds. Jesse Williams in the High Jump. Jesse Williams cleared his first two jumps quite easily at 2012 U.S. Olympic Track Trials 07/01/2012

Olympic Trials Results: 800m Finals (Men, Women) - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials Track & Field

Nick Symmonds wins the men's 800m final in 1:43.92; Khadevis Robinson and Duane Solomon Jr. are 2nd and 3rd. Women's 800m team is Alysia Montano, Geena Gall, and Alice Schmidt. Day 4 of the 2012 Olympic Trials Nick Symmonds became the ninth man to run under 1 44 in the 800 meters in 2012 and served notice that he is running as fast as any Olympic competitor except David Rudisha, the world record holder from Kenya. 06/25/2012

Olympic Trials Results: 100m, 400m (Men) - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials Track & Field -

Trials Updates: Tyson Gay ailing, Walter Dix out in 100 meters; meanwhile, LaShawn Merritt runs world-leading 44.12 in winning at 400 meters. USA sprints squad on the men's side entered the 2012 US Olympic Trials less than full strength. Tyson Gay has been in pain daily since hip surgery, Walter Dix of Nike has been injury plagued for weeks. 06/25/2012

USATF Declares 100 Meter Run-Off between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix - Track > 2012 US Olympic T

USATF declares 100 meter run-off to break the tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh! After the 100m finals race was over at Hayward Field it was easy to see that the women's team for the 100m at the 2012 London Olympics would include Carmelita Jeter and Tianna Madison.


Closest 100 meters finish ever? Check out this photo-finish by Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix for the third spot on the Olympic Team!


Natosha Rogers Shakes up Women's 10K - Track > 2012 US Olympic Team Trials Track & Field -

Your USA Olympic team in the women's 10,000 meters: Amy Hastings, Lisa Uhl, and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom. Congratulations! Day 1 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, nobody gave Natosha Rogers of Texas A&M much chance to finish in the top three. Rogers, however, smartly kept in contact with the leaders throughout the 25 lap race, and kicked hard to finish second at 31 59.21.


Boy, did those of us sitting in exposed seats ever get a wicked drenching on Friday night at historic Hayward Field!



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