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Two former Florida Gators finish 1-2 in men’s triple jump

It was a repeat of the triple jump event of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials as former University of Florida standouts Christian Taylor and Will Claye made their second Olympic team Saturday on Day nine of the U.S Track and Field Olympic Trials. Only this time, they switched podium spots. “When …

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Devon Allen puts football career on standby as he becomes first Duck Olympian since 2008

After winning the biggest race of his life, all Devon Allen wanted to do was find his family. A two-sport star who has already registered too many big moments to count on both the track and football field, Allen delivered the most dramatic performance of his career Saturday evening with …

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Olympic Trials day nine round up: Claye wins men’s triple jump, Malone wins women’s javelin

Day nine of the Olympic Trials began with the heptathlon and through four events, Santa Barbara Track Club member Barbara Nwaba leads with 3903 points. Her two biggest point tallies came in the 100 meter hurdles and the high jump. For the hurdles she ran a 13.65 second race that …

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Bernard Lagat, at 41 years old, qualifies for fifth Olympic games with 5,000 meter victory

When Bernard Lagat lined up to start the 5,000 meters at Hayward Field on Saturday, he did not know that 13:35.50 minutes later that he would be an Olympian for the fifth time; he only hoped. The 41-year-old Lagat took first with a 52 second final lap, and at the …

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Ducks flock to 1,500 meter final; six-of-twelve finalists have Oregon ties

During day seven and eight, the men’s 1,500 at the U.S. Olympic Trials has acted more like a homecoming for many of the competitors than a professional track and field meet. Eight racers represented the Oregon Ducks in the first round of the 1,500 on Thursday. The former Ducks included: Matthew …

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High school athletes steal the show in men’s 200 meter dash at U.S. Olympic Trials

LaShawn Merritt ran the fastest 200 meter time in the world on Friday evening, but it was two athletes who are nearly half his age that stole the show. The 2008 Olympic champion at 400 meters, Merritt cruised to victory in heat three with a wind-legal time of 19.74 seconds. …

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Jordan McNamara navigates through controversy to reach 1,500 meter final at U.S. Olympic Trials

After initially being told that he had qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trial 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field Friday afternoon, Jordan McNamara’s hopes were left in limbo for approximately 90 minutes. McNamara, a former standout at the University of Oregon who now competes for Eugene-based Oregon Track Club Elite, clinched what …

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Oregon Track and Field signee Drew Hunter signs with Adidas, will forgo college career

Prep standout Drew Hunter competed at the Prefontaine Classic alongside a field of the best milers in the world earlier this year. The race represented what many Oregon fans expected to be the first of many big performances at Hayward Field from Hunter, who was the top high school runner in the …

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Three American women qualify for Olympics in triple jump for first time in two decades

For the first time since 1996, the United States will have a full women’s triple jump team for the Olympics. Leading the bunch is Keturah Orji, who’s fifth jump of 46 feet 11 ¾ inches was the seventh best jump in U.S. history. Orji led for the entire competition, setting up …

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Eight Ducks qualify for men’s 1500 semifinal on day seven of U.S. Olympic Trials

After six days of beautiful sunshine, day seven of the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field gave way to more typical Eugene weather. Rain began to fall at around 4 p.m. and the temperature dipped, but the athletes were not going to let some water get in their way. Brittany Mann represented …

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Several athletes meet Olympic mark as Hayward Field hosts hammer throw for first time

History was made on Wednesday during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. For the first time, the hammer throw took place on Hayward Field as opposed to tucked away in the back field. Hammer throw is considered too dangerous to be held on the main field with other events. …

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Tracktown film premieres in Eugene during U.S. Olympic Trials

Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher’s  film Tracktown premiered at the McDonald Theater in Eugene on Tuesday evening before a sold-out crowd. The film, a fictional story based off of Pappas’s experiences and observations as a professional runner, was appropriately screened while the 2016 Olympic track and field trials are taking place …

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Two former Oregon standouts will represent U.S. in men’s javelin at Rio

Two Oregon athletes qualified for the Olympics and one Oregon athlete suffered a devastating defeat on Monday during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. During the javelin final, Cyrus Hostetler pumped up the crowd at Hayward Field by beginning to clap before he was about to take his fifth …

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Ashton Eaton shrugs off injury concerns, retains decathlon crown

Coming into the U.S. Olympic Trials, there was a sense that for the first time in a long time, Ashton Eaton may be vulnerable. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world record holder strained his quad at a Diamond League meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in late May and …

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Former Ducks dominate in day three of Olympic Trials

Day three at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials was packed with action as it held the finals of the decathlon, women’s high jump, men’s long jump and both men’s and women’s 100 and 400 meter races. In the decathlon, former Oregon Duck and current world record holder Ashton Eaton …

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Raevyn Rogers and Marcus Chambers advance to Saturday semi-finals

During the first day of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, both Oregon athletes Raevyn Rogers and Marcus Chambers qualified for the semifinals in the women’s 800 and the men’s 400, respectively. For Rogers, there was a brief fear that she wouldn’t make the team, as she finished third …

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Galen Rupp doesn’t rule out competing in 5,000 meter event at Rio

Galen Rupp won his eighth consecutive 10,000 meter U.S. Championship and punched his ticket to Rio once again with a time of 27:55.04 at Hayward Field Friday evening. Rupp toyed with the field for the entire race, surging 20 meters ahead at the 1,200 and 7,000 meter marks before falling …

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What to know when attending the 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials

Here’s the complete list from EPD: Report any suspicious behavior, such as people loitering around buildings, bicycles and vehicles. Report any suspicious packages or items left lying around. If you see something that concerns you, don’t be afraid to contact authorities to flag it. Lock your doors, close your windows …

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Nick Symmonds won’t run for U.S. this summer

Two-time Olympian and athlete rights activist Nick Symmonds will not compete for a chance to run in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The 800-meter runner who was a favorite to make team USA announced this morning that, “This left ankle of mine currently has a torn ligament and a stress …

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What to watch for: U.S. Olympic Trials field events

In the world of track and field, there tends to be more emphasis on running events than jumping and throwing events. Perhaps it is because these events are longer, making it difficult for viewers to watch all the way through. Regardless, jumping and throwing events are just as entertaining as …

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What to watch for at the men’s Olympic Trials running events

Every four years, the best American track and field athletes gather in one place to compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic team. This year’s trials are sure to be as exciting and heart-pounding as ever, with many former UO standouts in the mix to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic …

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What to watch for: women’s 100 meter dash

At the 2012 Olympic Trials, the women’s 100 meter dash proved to be the most exciting race of the week, and certainly the most controversial. Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh tied for third with a time of 11.07 seconds. The result captured the nation’s intrigue, and a race-off or a …

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Eight Ducks to Watch at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene

Oregon has produced as much Olympic-caliber track and field talent as any school in the nation over the past decade. The U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials kick off Friday, July 1, and while the final entry lists will be littered with the names of former University of Oregon standouts, …

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Jasmine Todd ended Oregon career over academic issue

A month after unexpectedly ending her collegiate athletic career, former Oregon track star Jasmine Todd revealed that the reason for her departure was due to an academic issue, according to flotrack.org. Todd was enrolled in an online class during the 2015-2016 indoor season that required her work to be submitted …

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Women’s team makes a comeback, finishes second in NCAA Championships

The Oregon women’s track and field team made the comeback of a lifetime Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But according to head coach Robert Johnson, it wasn’t performance that propelled the Ducks to their second place finish, it was mentality. “Nine times out of 10, what …

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Men’s Track and Field lose NCAA title to Florida, Allen and Cheserek take sole titles

Florida tore the men’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field title from the hands of the Ducks Friday, by stealing a page from the UO playbook. “They did what we usually do here at this meet and had a phenomenal last day,” head coach Robert Johnson said. The Gators won the …

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Edward Cheserek puts doubt to rest with a victory in the 5,000 meters at NCAA Championships

Edward Cheserek spent the entire spring fielding questions about his health as fans and media speculated that his reign of collegiate dominance may be coming to an end. On Friday, the runner that Oregon fans call ‘King Ches’ put all those concerns to rest. Cheserek won the 5,000 meters in 13 …

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Ducks wrap rocky day two at NCAA Championships

After a rough day two virtually eliminated the Oregon women’s track and field from the NCAA title race, a few Ducks fought back for personal records and top prelim finishes to advance to the second half of the championships. “A tough day for the Ducks,” head coach Robert Johnson said. …

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