UO distance superstar Cheserek headlines TrackTown Tuesday
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon senior Edward Cheserek is the winningest track and field athlete in NCAA history with 17 national titles, a three-time finalist for The Bowerman award, and the reigning collegiate record-holder in the mile.
The UO distance superstar will also be our featured guest at the next TrackTown Tuesday event on May 2 at the Downtown Athletic Club. He will be joined on stage by UO associate head coach Andy Powell.
Hosted by TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna, the popular town hall meetings are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a social hour, followed by the one-hour show at 7 p.m. Sasha Spencer Atwood, the director of external affairs at TrackTown USA, will be the emcee.
Our other special guests will be three-time Olympian Shannon Rowbury, who currently holds three American records; Oregon Track Club Elite newcomer Andrew Osagie and Pre Classic meet director Tom Jordan.
Cheserek is entering the homestretch of his collegiate career, and this will be our last chance to pay tribute to all that he has already achieved in a Duck uniform. The good news, of course, is that there is still a lot more to come from Cheserek on the track this season. He has two more opportunities to compete at Hayward Field – the Pac-12 Championships, May 13-14, and the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Championships, June 7-10.
It should be an amazing finish to an extraordinary UO career. Go to goducks.com/tracktickets to reserve your front-row seats to history!
We’ll kick off this exceptional show by introducing OTC Elite’s Osagie, a native of Great Britain, who is scheduled to open his outdoor season at the UO Twilight Meet on May 5.
Osagie, a two-time World Indoor bronze medalist in the 800 meters, set his personal best of 1 minute, 43.77 seconds in the famed 2012 London Olympic final. Although he placed eighth in that race, his time would have earned him a spot on the podium in all but one of the previous 800m Olympic finals. He also placed fifth in the 800m at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Osagie is no stranger to Hayward Field having twice competed at the Prefontaine Classic, which brings us to our final two guests – Pre Classic meet director Tom Jordan and three-time Olympian Shannon Rowbury.
Rowbury, who currently holds three American records, will be one of the headline performers at the 43rd annual Prefontaine Classic, May 26-27 at Hayward Field. She’s entered in the 1,500 meters, competing against a stacked field that includes seven runners with lifetime bests under 4 minutes. The Portland resident set the U.S. record of 3:56.29 in 2015, shattering the old mark of 3:57.12 established by Mary Slaney in 1983 – less than two months before Rowbury was born.
A bronze medalist in the 3,000m at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Rowbury has the best Olympic resume among U.S. females in the 1,500m. A three-time finalist, she was 7th in Beijing, 6th in London, and 4th in Rio last summer.
As always, $5 appetizers from the DAC and $3 pints of beer from Hop Valley Brewing Company will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in the adjacent Overpark.
TrackTown Tuesday 2017 Schedule
- Tuesday, January 10, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, February 7, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, March 7, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, April 4, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, May 2, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, June 6, Hayward Field, Eugene
Downtown Athletic Club: Free parking is available in the adjacent Overpark.
Social Hour, Food, and Beverages
Shows at the Downtown Athletic Club will have food available for purchase as well as beer with complimentary coffee, tea, and water. Social hour begins at 6pm.
TrackTown Tuesday History
Ten years have passed since the inaugural “Tuesdays in TrackTown” town hall meeting.
The first edition was held in the lobby of the Bowerman Building on the northwest corner of Hayward Field on March 6, 2007.
A small crowd of about 30 people from all walks of life showed up to learn more about a variety of track and field topics, in particular, the growing buzz surrounding ambitious plans for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
Vin Lananna, in his second season as director of track and field for the University of Oregon, was the host of the event. He gave a brief, but enthusiastic presentation on the Trials, the planned renovation of Hayward Field, the newly formed Oregon Track Club Elite and the upcoming outdoor season for the Ducks.
It was a modest affair, with free cookies and coffee, and its target audience was the Eugene-Springfield community, reminiscent of the way former UO track and field coach Bill Bowerman engaged local citizens via youth all-comer’s meets and ground-breaking jogging classes in the 1950s and ‘60s.
In starting “Tuesdays in TrackTown,” Lananna’s goal was to provide a forum to connect long supportive fans with the most recent news on what’s going on in TrackTown USA.
Today, the event has become more popular than he could ever imagine, routinely attracting between 200-300 people at each session.
TrackTown Tuesday is now a highly anticipated community event each month during track season with a master of ceremonies, special guests, exclusive videos, prizes, refreshments and a platform for debuting T&F announcements.
People who attend TrackTown Tuesday are the first to hear about plans and developments for upcoming events in TrackTown USA.