TrackTown, USA: There were no events scheduled for yesterday. No races. The Fan Festival was closed. We spent the morning with Leo and Lisa - going to brunch at Marché and visiting one of the best toy stores in America, The Elephant Trunk. (Lisa's comment: I live in Los Angeles, yet come to Eugene to visit a toy store?) Both establishments are in the 5th Street Public Market shopping and dining complex downtown Eugene.Fromage Blanc Omelet from Marché
After our morning at the public market, Lisa and Leo loaded up a cooler filled with drinks and snacks and headed out (in my Jeep) into the Willamette Valley wilderness to go on a two-night mother-son "glamping" trip... i.e. glamorous camping... in a fancy teepee-filled resort. The "campsite" is complete with breakfast each morning and is situated next to a babbling brook. Leo jumped, first-thing, into the creek (clothes and all) and is going full-on country-boy-mode for the next few days.
With no meetings to attend, no grandson to play with, and no track meet to attend, My Driver took me to dinner to Bepe & Gianni's. I promptly carbo-loaded with pasta in preparation for the Hammer Throw competition Wednesday.
The meet directors only had the largest grandstand open and it was completely filled with fans. Track fans are a devoted breed. Imagine all these people coming out to watch the hammer throw! It was awesome and a great success. The athletes were very pleased. Fans could go right down onto the track to get a close-up of the throwersUp Close and Personal
The women threw first. The US is rich in female hammer thrower talent. Seriously. The first three placers today have all met the Olympic minimum standard to compete in Rio and all three will be going to the Olympics.Gwen Berry, Amber Campbell and DeAnna Price on the victory standGwen Berry, Amber Campbell and DeAnna Price celebrate
The men's competition was also very exciting. Only one competitor has reached the Olympic minimum standard to throw in Rio - Rudy Winkler. Winkler attends Cornell University and finished 2nd at the NCAA meet a few weeks ago. He threw a monster in the fourth round (251-10 feet/76.76m) to finish first! Rudy is packing his bags for a trip to the southern hemisphere.Lance Deal gives the medals to Kibwe Johnson, Rudy Winkler and Conor McCulloughAfter the award ceremony, the medalists cruised down the track on their victory lap, getting high-fives from the gathered fans. Truly a unique experience for the athletes and the fans. Another amazing day of The One True Sport at Historic Hayward Field.
Then the sun went to bed and so did we.Until my next update, I remain, your hammered correspondent.
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