2016 Track & Field Trials: Day 9
TrackTown, USA: Lisa and I had a very
lazy morning with Leo. Bubba was up and out of the motorhome very early for his
usual morning shake-down meeting at the track. His family slept-in. Lisa and I
took Leo to the Science
Factory - a very small, but interesting, hands-on science museum for kids.
Admission was only $4, and Leo found quite a bit to keep himself entertained for
90 minutes, including a few things Lisa and I had never seen before (and trust
me, Lisa has been to her fair-share of science museums on several continents). A
visitor can imprint their shadow with a phosphorescent wall and pick-up fractal
ooze (looks like molasses) with a magnet. Good $4 investment and it is just
behind Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Easy to find.
Before taking Lisa and Leo to the airport (I know, so sad, right?) Lisa decided
she needed a
Ruby (a nice ale with a hint of raspberry) from a
McMenamin Pub, so
obviously I had to indulge Our Only Child. We went to the
Bank Pub. I had incredible cod "fish and tots". Lisa had a salad and her
Ruby. I was thinking it was the first time in several days I had sat down to eat a
meal with a napkin on my lap, with an actual metal knife and fork.
Only a fool orders French fries at McMenamin's. Tots. Tots. Tots.
After lunch, we went back to the motorhome to meet Dave and we
all went to the little Eugene airport so Lisa and Leo could catch their plane to
Los Angeles. It seems they just arrived, yet Lisa and Leo have already landed
back in Los Angeles, where I am going to assume a very happy Lucy and Lenny met
them at LAX???
Dave and I went immediately to Historic Hayward Field where I accompanied Dave
on his daily walk-through around the venue. He/we greeted guests, VIPs,
security, fans, donors, vendors, volunteers and friends. (This is one of my
favorite activities - following DT on his rounds!) Schmoozing and Cruising is
good, but we were in our seats as the gun went off on the first event of the
The Fan Festival was very popular this afternoon!
Oregon hurdle phenom (and apparently also a Duck football wide
receiver), Devon Allen was racing in the 110m hurdle semi. Devon was lined-up
against some of the best hurdlers in the world. (America is super talented in the 110m
Duck Devon Allen (in yellow & green, lane 4) was up against hurdle royalty in
his heat of the semi-final. David Oliver and Aries Merritt. Allen moved on to the
final event, but David Oliver pulled-up at the finish of his semi and did not
show up to the starting block at the final. Injured.
Later in the meet, Devon Allen won the 110m hurdle final. W O N. The crowd went
crazy. Crazy as only Oregon football/track fans can go crazy. A few minutes
before the race, Mary told me she hoped Devon would win. Win? No way. I just
hope he makes the team against the international stars of US hurdlers. Dang if
Mary did not make a fool out of me. Devon won easily.
The Green and Yellow wide receiver made the elite eat his dust
and booked himself a ticket to Rio. After winning the final, Allen jumped the
fence surrounding the track (like he was hurdler or something?) to kiss his
parents and family! Another amazing moment at Historic Hayward Field.
Speaking of incredible moments at Historic Hayward Field, the 5000m men's final
was another race for the record books. 16 men started the race and it was the
most boring and slow first mile anyone could ever remember. Then two racers took
off and kept a lead for another mile and then - finally - the Big Boys decided
it was time to race and it was all hands on deck. The last 3/4 mile was
heart-stopping for fans. The lead changed too many times. A few shoe-in's (Galen Rupp??) dropped off and a 41-year-old veteran,
Bernard Lagat, was first to cross the finish
line, followed by (my personal favorite) Hassan Mead and US Army runner Paul Chelimo. I'm telling you, this was not what the knowledgeable crowd expected
at all and they reacted with wild enthusiasm. What a night!
41-year-old Bernard Lagat wins the 5000m final and will represent the USA in Rio
Interesting point: many event winners take their victory lap
with their children in their arms. Most of their children are
infants/toddlers. Bernard Lagat took his children onto the track for his
victory lap. His oldest is probably in middle school.
Old Guys Rule!
Friends joined us tonight: DT with Nic and (his sister) Sarah
DT with Nic & Sarah's dad, Matt. We have know Matt a very, very, very long time.
How long? When we moved out of our corporate housing in Taipei in 1988, Matt
Matt with his family: Nic (going to college in the fall),
wife Marie, Matt and 5th grader Sarah.
It was a very amazing day of track and field, only to be
topped by another amazing day of track and field tomorrow - the final day of
the 2016 Olympic Trials. (Please tell me you have your DVR set to tape
this meet on NBC?) Not only will the races be mind-blowing, they will be
Not that I'm prejudiced or anything.
Until my next update, I remain, your wide-receiving
You may also like:
Devon Allen slideshow from the Eugene Register-Guard
NBC Olympic Trials Broadcast Schedule
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