USA INDOORS: Day Two
Portland, Oregon: I am very happy it is
indoor track season, as it has been pouring buckets of rain and the wind has
been whipping since my plane touched-down in Portland. I am also grateful to get
into a car in our garage and get out of the car in the basement parking structure
under the Portland Convention Center, thus completely avoiding the soggy
A few highlights from day two: High-schooler Vasthi Cunningham
daughter) winning the high jump (6 feet, 6.25 inches) and
Sandi Morris clearing 16 feet for the first time in her career and winning the
pole vault. Wow, did she jump for joy!
Dave and I waited (as patiently as one can)
for the final distance event of the evening - the men's 1500m - when Matthew
Centrowitz would be racing. It was a gutsy race, with Mr. Centrowitz running
smart and winning in 3:44.
Watch the race here. (From this link, venture over to the left side of the
screen to find videos of all the events. You could be in there all day.)
Not only was a great final day of the USA Indoor Track & Field
Championship and it was a great day to be a Duck. The Duck track teams were in
Birmingham, Alabama competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships. Dave and I spent
some time in the hospitality area where one of his co-workers had the meet
playing over her laptop.
The Duck men had clinched their victory earlier in the day, but the women's
title came down to the final 4x400 relay. I guess the only caption for this
photo would be DT watching a track meet while attending a track meet?
Talk about excitement. Everyone in the booth gathered around the little screen
and cheered for the Ducks. After all the points were tallied, more cheering, as
the Duck women were also national champions!
It never gets old.
And then it was over and everyone went home... only to
return next weekend when the 2016 World Championships
will be held at this same facility. America will send a strong team to the world
championship. GO USA!
We did not go straight home. We stopped at a sports bar with
Steve to watch the Ducks win the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament. (Yes, we
have a television at home, but we have yet to purchase food. Or wine.) What a
great day of The One True Sport
One positive note on being in Oregon in March? We are enjoying the bright
daffodils and glorious flowering trees all over town. We have a beautiful
camellia bush in our garden, which must blossom each spring, but we are never
here to witness the glory.
But... it is 80 degrees in Indio.
Until my next update, I remain, your happy correspondent.
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