Eugene, Oregon: DT and I returned our motorhome to her
storage garage this afternoon... which has sat empty
since mid-October. It needed a good sweeping first, but
My Driver backed the Magna Peregrinus into the
narrow garage like he was driving a Volkswagen Bug.
Such a Good Driver.
We had planned to bring our motorhome to Eugene for the
weekend and have the tires replaced, but the appointment
had to be rescheduled at the last minute. We were lucky
to grab the last hotel room in Eugene during the busy
track meet weekend.
We may have found time for another
Hot & Jazzy Yumm! Bowl (with tofu)
After securing our motorhome, we continued south (in our
Honda) to Eugene to watch the "races before the races" -
or the Pre-Pre... or whatever they have titled a free
track meet before the "real" track meet tomorrow.
Fact is, there are a lot of professional athletes who
want to race in the
The meet is named after famed University of Oregon distance phenom,
Steve Prefontaine, (who died in a stupid car accident nearly 40
years ago) in the prime
of his running career. It is a prestigious meet. The
track is legend. Athletes have great results on the
hallowed oval in Historic Hayward Field. But the track
meet is on television (tomorrow - on NBC sports
somewhere - check your local listings) and has a very short time
period... so the night before, organizers hold longer
races most Americans lack the patience to watch (yet). Like the 10,000
meter (about six miles).
We also saw a men's 800m race, two women's 800m events, women's discus,
women's long jump and the men's shot put.
It was a beautiful evening for track & field.
And it was a time for American 800m runner Maggie Vessey
to make a fashion statement.
She made a statement all right, but I'm not sure which
language she was speaking. You know what they say... the only thing
worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
Miss Vessey placed 2nd in her race.
During the men's shot put competition, there were no
races on the track and meet organizers invited fans down to the infield
to watch the shot put up-close and personal. Fun!
Ex-Oregon runner, Matthew Centrowitz, Jr., will race
tomorrow in the mile. Dave and Matt's Dad were college teammates at
Oregon in the 1970's.
As it grew dark, the most anticipated race of the night - the
men's 10,000m - started.
This is what people in Eugene do on Friday night - watch
men run around in circles 25 times. Duck alum, Galen Rupp, broke his own
American Record tonight, finishing first in 26:44.36.
It was a fast-paced 10k to be sure, but it didn't look
as if Mr. Rupp would even equal his record - until he seemed to have
been shot out of a canon through his last two laps. Electric finish! The
crowd went crazy. I would like to predict Galen Rupp will have a nice
rest after after his new American Record... but his wife is expecting
twins in a few weeks. Congratulations!
Galen Rupp, taking a victory lap
Immediately after his race, Galen Rupp went to greet
Oregon coaching legend, Bill Dellinger (seated, center). Dellinger
coached Galen's coach, Alberto Salazar (and Dellinger also coached My
Another great evening of track & field at Historic Hayward Field. I
expect nothing less tomorrow.
Until my next update, I remain, your happy correspondent.
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