‘Track Town' Town Hall Meetings Resume

EUGENE - Last spring, the University of Oregon Track and Field program hosted monthly town hall meetings to discuss and promote all the track and field happenings in Eugene. These meetings will resume on Wednesday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bowerman Building, 1580 E. 15th Ave. on the northwest corner of Hayward Field. The public is welcomed.

The October 3rd meeting will focus on the upcoming Olympic Trials, Hayward Field renovations, and the cross country season. Other track-related questions or comments can also be raised for discussion at the meeting.

Vin Lananna, associate athletic director at the University of Oregon and co-chair of the Eugene08 Olympic Trials, will talk about the upcoming Trials, and lead the meeting.

Lananna has established himself as one of the premier coaches of cross country and track and field in the United States, and was named Associate Athletic Director at the University of Oregon in July 2005. He has been a guiding vision to re-establish the Oregon track and field program, Hayward Field, and Eugene, as the center of track and field in the country. Just a few months after his arrival in Oregon, Lananna's leadership helped the University of Oregon and the City of Eugene win the right to host the 2008 Olympic Trials.

Lance Deal, assistant coach for the Ducks Track and Field program, has been part of the team working on Hayward Field renovations and will report on the progress of the project. The two-year renovation project began in 2006 to prepare historic Hayward Field to host the Trials and future races and events. Deal oversees all four throws events for the men's and women's teams at the University of Oregon. Deal is a four-time Olympic hammer thrower, American record holder, and 21-time national champion, and won the silver medal in the 1996 Olympics.

University of Oregon junior Galen Rupp will also participate in the forum and provide an inside look on the cross country season.

Rupp recently took part in USA's top team effort in history at the World Championships 10,000 meter race in Osaka, Japan. The 21-year-old Portland native placed 11th in the 25-lap event (28:41.71) and was one of three Americans that finished top 12 overall in the humid race.

2007 was another banner year for Rupp who scored his second NCAA runner-up finish outdoors in early June in the 10,000m (28:56.19), then followed with a runner-up USA finish two weeks later (28:23.31). In late April, Rupp ran an American collegiate record in the Cardinal Invitational (27:33.48), and became the third-fastest collegian overall and seventh-fastest American all-time. In other championship action in May, he won the Pac-10 5,000m and 10,000m and West Regional 5,000m. Indoors, he broke school records in the 3,000m (7:54.19) and 5,000m (13:38.62), and added All-America honors in the NCAA Championships 3,000m and 5,000m (fourth, 7:56.79; third, 13:40.38).

Subsequent town hall meetings are scheduled for November 7 and December 5.

For more information, call the University of Oregon Track and Field office at (541) 346-2260.

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