We have spent the past two days in Eugene to attend the NCAA Western Regional track meet. This meet determines which athletes will represent their schools at the national championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas in two weeks. We drove down (in the Tahoe) and actually stayed in a motel – instead of the lovely Magna Peregrinus. Shocking.
YESTERDAY: We started our drive with a quick stop-over to visit our motorhome and see how she was doing locked-up in her storage unit. I miss the RV so much, but she seems to be handling the R&R quite well. We cheered her up by swapping-out our 643 year old pots and pans with a shiny new set.
Pretty. Shiny. New.
After arriving in Eugene, we had a quick snack before heading over to Historic Hayward Field for the first running event. It was 85 degrees at the track on Friday.
Chicken tacos, $2 each
Lauren Centrowitz, Stanford, leads in the 1500m prelim
TODAY: Another really warm day. The temperatures climbed to near 90° and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We had breakfast with friends, visited the campus bookstore and walked to the track through the beautiful University of Oregon campus.
Business School: The University of Oregon campus has a great mixture of old and new buildings
Beautiful Villard Hall
Campus showpiece: Deady Hall (pronounced dee-dee)
Back at the track… young Matt (Lauren’s little brother) qualified to represent the University of Oregon in the NCAA’s in the 1500m. Did I mention he is a freshman?
First lap: Matt Jr. stays in the front of the pack behind Cal’s Michael Coe
Third lap: the boys are spreading out a bit
Final lap: Coe is no where to be seen. Matt, Jr. smokes Galen. Matthew ran 3:38!
Young Matt said hello to his adoring fans on his victory lap
Sorry for all the Centrowitz photos, but DT ran with their Dad at the U of O in the Good Old Days and we are bit attached to the kids.
And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t include a flower photo? The University of Oregon rose.
GO DUCKS. Oregon is taking around 20 athletes to the national championship meet. That means, Dear Reader, that Oregon has nearly 20 athletes (men & women) who have qualified to compete at the highest college level in Our Country. Six (or more) of the Oregon men could possibly/probably win their event. Oregon women have a good chance of winning the javelin and heptathlon. The Duck Men could win the NCAA Championship.
My opinion is highly prejudiced.
We are home. Tired. A little too much sun. A little too much fun. Very happy with race results in Eugene. Until my next update, I remain, your Green & Yellow correspondent.