Bill Dellinger to be honored at TRackTown Tuesday Season Finale
Olympic bronze medalist and former Oregon men’s head track and field coach Bill Dellinger will be the guest of honor at the June 5 edition of TrackTown Tuesday.
Dellinger will be joined trackside at Hayward Field by a trio of athletes who excelled under his tutelage: Rudy Chapa, UO standout and former 3,000-meter American record holder; Mary Slaney, breaker of six world records in 1982 and double gold medalist at the 1983 World Championships; and Pat Tyson, acclaimed head coach at Gonzaga University.
Lance Deal, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist, will also be featured on the show. Deal is the current American record holder in the hammer throw and current world record holder in the indoor weight throw. The evening will be hosted by TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna. Sasha Spencer Atwood, the Director of External Affairs at TrackTown USA, will be the emcee.
Bill Dellinger made appearances at three Olympic Games (1956, 1960, and 1964) in the 5,000m. His Olympic bronze medal came at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. His coaching tenure at Oregon spanned 29 years. In that time, Dellinger’s teams won five NCAA titles (one in track and field and four in cross country). He was also the distance coach of the 1984 Olympic track and field team.
Lance Deal is a 21-time national champion and 4-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000). After concluding his professional athletic career, he served as Oregon’s throws coach from 2003 to 2010. Deal has been the Director of Track and Field Venues and Program Support at the University of Oregon since 2010, and he will be retiring from this position after the 2018 NCAA Championships.
Rudy Chapa was a 6-time All-American and a member of the 1977 NCAA Cross Country National Championship team at Oregon. As a junior, he broke the American record in the 3,000m at Hayward Field, running 7:37.70. After college, Chapa placed seventh in the 1983 New York City Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 13 seconds. At the time, it was the second fastest American marathon debut ever.
Mary Slaney (née Decker) won gold medals in the 1,500m and the 3,000m at the 1983 World Championships. She was the first woman in history to break 4:20 in the mile. During her career, Slaney set 36 U.S. national records at distances ranging from 800m to 10,000m. She still holds American records in the mile, 2,000m, and 3,000m.
Pat Tyson was a walk-on at the University of Oregon. He was a teammate and roommate of Steve Prefontaine. Tyson was a key member of the 1971 NCAA cross country championship team under Dellinger.
The outdoor version of TrackTown Tuesday begins at 5:45 p.m. Food and beer will be available in the hospitality tent south of the finish line at Hayward Field, followed by the one-hour show at 6:30 p.m. Spectator seating will be in the West Grandstand.
Video By: Nicholas Lackides
TrackTown Tuesday 2018 Schedule
- Tuesday, January 9, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, February 6, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, March 6, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, April 3, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, May 1, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, June 5, 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
Twelve 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.