USA Track Championships Underway
The U.S. Track & Field Championships have begun this afternoon in Eugene, Ore. at Hayward Field, the site of last year's Olympic Trials. There will be a lot of Huskies to watch today, and fans can follow all the races with a high-quality live stream available at the following link:
There were a couple notable changes to the start lists since yesterday's story on GoHuskies. Most importantly in the women's 1,500m run, current Huskies Katie Follett and Kailey Campbell were both added to the field and will compete in the prelims tonight at 6:45. Follett made the semis of the 1,500 last year at the Trials.
Also on tap today are Jordan Boase in the 400 dash at 6:20 and Austin Abbott in the 1,500-meters at 7:05. Austin especially faces an extremely tough challenge to make the final, as there are four heats of 12-13 athletes and only the top two in each heat plus the next four best times advance. Abbott's head includes 2008 Olympian Lopez Lomong.
Aretha Thurmond will go for her fifth national title in the discus today at 6:45. Former NCAA champ Ryan Brown will run the 800 at 5:35, and 2006 grad Mike Sayenko is slated to run the 10k at 8:30. The first Husky in action is javelin thrower Justin St. Clair at 3:30.
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