A lot to get to today, so here we go …
— The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin today at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, and the Oregon Ducks are in the mix for a top-four finish and a team trophy in both the men’s and women’s competition.
If you need another reason for Eugene to be the permanent home of the NCAA Championships, take a gander at today’s weather forecast for Austin.
The possibility of evening thunder storms already has caused the NCAA to revise Thursday’s time schedule. Here is the revised schedule. Times are CDT.
It reminds me of the stadium evacuations in Fayetteville in 2009, when there were tornado warnings and they were running distance races in the wee hours of the morning.
Today is all about the men’s competition. The first day of women’s competition is tomorrow.
More on the NCAA Outdoor Championships lower in the links.
— The Pac-12 announced yesterday it will hold the 2020 conference track and field championships on May 15-16 at the new Hayward Field in Eugene.
That apparently will be the reconstructed facility’s grand opening.
If you recall, when the project was announced last year the stadium was expected to reopen on April 1, which would have allowed the Oregon Ducks to stage some regular meets next spring. Let’s hope there aren’t further delays in the construction timeline.
More on that in the links.
— I attended TrackTown Tuesday last night at the Downtown Athletic Club in Eugene, where TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly announced the pricing structure for all-session ticket packages for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.
If you want a package near the finish line, be prepared to pony up. An all-session ticket on the west side near the finish line runs $795. Of course, NBA playoff tickets are pricey too.
All session tickets go sale on Thursday, July 25 at 9.a.m. They can be purchased online at TrackTown20.com, by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT (1-800-932-3668), or in person at the University of Oregon Athletics ticket office. The window closes on Aug. 31.
OK, more links:
UO distance runner Cooper Teare enters the NCAA Outdoor Championships on a roll.
Max Lydum and the Ducks are ready to throw down at the NCAA Championships.
Oregon’s Jessica Hull continues to hold her place on the women’s watch list for The Bowerman.
Hayward is expected to reopen with next year’s Pac-12 Championships.
This would be the 10th time Hayward Field has played host to the Pac-12 Championships.
Pac-12 Championships are coming to the new Hayward Field.
The R-G’s Austin Meek: Investing in the Pac-12 is a risky proposition.
The Pac-12 has 140 entries at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Jonathan Gault of LetsRun.com: There will be some great individual battles at the NCAA Championships. Get ready for Grant Holloway vs. Daniel Roberts and Mondo Duplantis vs. Chris Nilsen.
USC women will be shooting for victory in Austin.
Arizona’s Jordan Geist will pursue a NCAA title in the shot.
Arizona distance runner Carlos Villarreal will rely on a perfectly-timed kick in the NCAA 1,500.
Arizona State women look for a top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships.
Women’s hammer thrower Camryn Rogers leads Cal’s contingent to the NCAA Championships.
BYU sends a deep and talented men’s team to the NCAA Championships.
BYU has six runners entered in the NCAA men’s 10,000.
Emily Sisson withdraws from the NYRR New York Mini 10k.
USATF selects hammer thrower Brooke Andersen as athlete of the week.
The House of Run guys have lots to dig into in their latest podcast, including the most recent twist in the Caster Semenya controversy and the NCAA Championships.
The front page for LetsRun.com.
The links package for Track & Field News.
— Ken Goe
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