EUGENE, Oregon — The NCAA Track and Field Championships are underway from the legendary Hayward Field. A total of 111 athletes from the Pac-12 Conference will be participating in the festivities this week.
They call it Track Town USA for a reason. Steve Prefontaine remains more relevant than ever before as national track and field stars flock to Eugene to preserve the championship pedigree set by the greatest ever. This week, the Oregon men’s and women’s teams will be looking to leave their place in history.
The women’s track and field team is vying for a legacy of their own. After winning the indoor and cross country national championships earlier this year, if Oregon wins the outdoor title the Duck women would be the first D-1 program to attain the Triple Crown in history. Only two men’s teams have accomplished the feat.
“We're up for the challenge," said Oregon head coach Robert Johnson. “It's kind of awesome in a sense; out of all the programs in the country, we have the chance at little ol' Oregon to be the first.”
Oregon’s men will lead us off on Wednesday from Hayward Field with Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado. Events are underway currently from Eugene.
Delgado just finished his 100-meter decathlon with a time of 10.93. We will have track and field coverage from the 2017 National Championship all week. Saturday will conclude the events.
You can catch the Ducks in action on ESPN3 until 4:30 p.m. PT when the telecast will be switched over to ESPNU. At 5:30 p.m. PT tonight, coverage will be broadcast nationally via ESPN.