EUGENE, Ore. – The first athlete draft in track and field history was a resounding success on Saturday.
Team representatives of four competing squads – Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City – chose a total of 64 athletes, split evenly between men and women, through an eight-round draft to begin filling out rosters for the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series on July 29 at Hayward Field.
The rest of the team rosters will be filled via free agency with the addition of 80 athletes to be announced on July 16.
The meet, which will be televised live on ESPN, will feature a four-team scored competition with each squad carrying 36 athletes (18 men, 18 women). Competitors will battle for prize money and additional benefits in excess of a half-million dollars.
The tentative list of events for the meet is as follows:
MEN: 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 110m hurdles, 3,000m steeplechase, 4-mile road race, triple jump, high jump, shot put.
WOMEN: 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 100m hurdles, 3,000m steeplechase, 4-mile road race, long jump, pole vault, shot put.
There will be two athletes from each team in the running events and four-to-six athletes in the field events. The public will be invited to take part in the 4-mile road race which will be contested on the streets surrounding Hayward Field, and finishing on the track, prior to the start of the TrackTown Summer Series.
Each of the drafted athletes that competes in the TrackTown Summer Series earns a cash bonus. There will be approximately $11,000 in prize money awarded per event; an additional cash bonus for each member of the winning team; and each competing athlete will receive a travel stipend, housing and meals.
The TrackTown Summer Series is designed to provide top American track and field athletes with a unique opportunity to compete on U.S. soil during the summer months.