TrackTown, USA: We woke to another cloudy day in Eugene. Just a few weeks away from Palm Springs weather, we are not enjoying the Oregon "summer" weather situation. Dave and I met with the University of Oregon Library this morning to talk about our on-going Leadership and Legacy project to digitalize the zillions of athletic photos and video owned by the university and local community. This is an important topic to us, but one that needs to be addressed world-wide. It is important to capture all the photos, film (actual film!) and preserve/transfer the content to a digital format before time/moisture/elements make it all mold away. (Important to do this with all the photos and film in your basements!)
I am going to take a five minute break from reporting on film preservation and The One True Sport tonight and write a bit about another lovely pastime. Needlepoint. If you have been reading this website for anytime at all, y'all know I am a very busy stitcher. I am not a fancy stitcher. For 30 years or so, I have been needlepointing and rarely vary from the most basic basket weave stitch. (Think knitting, but with only employing the basic knit stitch.) My craft may not be embellished, but there is never anything wrong with a simply stitched canvas. Boring, yes, but still satisfying. I am a dull girl.
I have recently purchased a little canvas to stitch for a charity auction. A fox. A "nighttime fox" with stars, a pretty blue sky and brilliant green grass.
And now we will continue with the regularly scheduled program.Historic Hayward Field
The skies looked dangerous, but it did not rain and the sun actually appeared several times this afternoon. It was not warm, but it was not cold.
Day Two of the NCAA Championships was for the ladies. Women only today, in what I reported yesterday as a leap-frog girl/boy circuit. There is a bit of pressure on the Women of Oregon. The Ducks have already taken the national cross country title and also won the NCAA Indoor Championship in this academic year. If they win the outdoor prize - the "triple crown" - it will be the first time a school has completed this feat.
Can the Duck women win the NCAA's? After solid performances today - and a few lucky breaks - the chances are looking positive. Oregon sprinters, Ariana Washington and Deajah Stevens, bring a ton of speed and experience to the Ducks. Raevyn Rogers has won the NCAA 800m title indoors and outdoors (twice).
In the first heat of the 400m hurdles, Wisconsin senior Brenna Detra took a serious spill, injuring her knee. Very frightening moment. Paramedics surrounded the athlete, but it took quite a while to stabilizer her enough to get her on a stretcher, roll her out to an ambulance, and get her to the hospital. The other heats were delayed and the entire stadium was on pins and needles worrying about the fallen Badger.
The decathlon concluded today. The multi-events are not on a boy-girl leap frog - the men compete the first two days and the heptathletes compete the final two days. The 2017 NCAA decathlon champion is Lindon Victor of Texas A&M. Mr. Victor (seriously, how could he not win with that name?) was also the 2016 NCAA champion.
Fun highlight: A new NCAA hammer throw record was set by Arizona State's Maggie Ewen, 240 feet 7 inches.
Another highlight? I get to sit next to this guy: