USA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Portland, Oregon: I flew up to Portland for a few
see my husband attend the
USA Indoor Track
& Field Championship this weekend and to attend the
World Indoor Championships next weekend. DT serves on the committee
organizing both events.
I am now wearing this thing called a "coat". It is a heavy garment designed to
keep a person warm in cold weather. First stop,
Pizzicato, for a
Squisita Pizza (mellow lamb sausage, artichoke hearts, feta & fontina and a
house-made pesto base).
That warmed me up.
Both meets will be held at a track set up in the Oregon Convention Center. If
you do not follow the sport, here are a few fun facts. A regulation indoor track
is 200 meters (an outdoor track is 400 meters). For the safety of the runners,
the oval is slightly banked on the turns.
This particular track already has a very interesting providence.
It was built
in Estonia, shipped to Portland, and assembled in an old warehouse. While at
the warehouse, the track was tested by world-class runners and high school kids
in a series of events dubbed
of Track. The athletes sang high praise for the fast-yet-bouncy track. After
the House of Track experience, the oval was unassembled, moved a few
blocks to the Oregon Convention Center, then reassembled for the indoor US and World Championship
meets. And... after these two events, the track will be unassembled and shipped
to its new permanent home at the
University of Iowa... where I assume it will be repainted in Hawkeye Yellow
Here is a 30-second time-lapse video of the track being installed in the Portland
And that is how it is done!
Dave and I attended the first day of the two-day USA
Championships, and went into the Convention Center quite a bit early so Dave
could give me a behind-the-scenes tour. Climbing to the top of the stairs, and
getting site of the track for the first time was so exciting! I have been seeing
photos for weeks, but the enormity of the project smacks you in the face at
More photos from Day 1:
Women's 60m hurdle start
Men's 60m heat
Infield announcer, Rob Vermillion, interviews
Natasha Hastings after her 400m heat vistory
The start of the 3000m final
After the 3000m - my pick, Hassan Mead (hip 16) finished 6th.
Besides all the action on the track, there was a little action
at the local hospital emergency room. Dear Reader, I must relay (no pun
intended) a little bad news. The World's Greatest Athlete is no longer
completely perfect. He needed six stitches to the top of his glorious crown
after the bar atop the pole vault standard fell and gashed his scalp... and the
WGA was not even pole vaulting... he was simply standing nearby, waiting his
attempt at the long jump. There was a lot of blood. I must also report Mr. Eaton
did not go to the hospital immediately after being slashed. No. The
on-site medics bandaged the wound, and Eaton long jumped two more times. (You
must understand, his cape is invisible.) Read about the incident -
including a photo of Ashton Eaton grimacing at the hospital and a photo of the
WGA long-jumping with gauze over his head
here. No worries, there was no concussion and I am confident Mr. Eaton will
be in fine form for the World Championships next weekend.
One last thing - the TrackTown USA booth is making free personalized Olympic
Trial racing bibs for kids!
Until my next update, I remain, your "TrackTown has moved
100 miles north this weekend" correspondent.
You may also like:
Meet info and photos from The Oregonian
Meet results from USATF
Ashton Eaton & Brianne
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