Eugene, Oregon: Another lovely sunny warm day in Eugene. Ha Ha. Sometimes I just crack myself up. It was raining so hard today, a boat checked-into the RV Park. Don’t believe me? Let our guest cinematographer, Little Sock Monkey, show you via his HD feature film:
There goes 28 seconds. Wasted.
Great day for a track meet, eh?
We stayed in this morning, as DT had a conference call. We both worked, but only DT was brave enough to drive over to Pre’s Trails for a long, soggy, muddy jog. We were in the stands by 2 o’clock, shivering, to watch heat after unnecessary heat of races.
Today I met a discus thrower/shot putter from Dallas, Texas. He was laughingly complaining about the weather, for which, as an Oregonian, I officially apologized. But then this young man continued about how “everything is so GREEN in Oregon! Everything is brown in Texas and you have all these beautiful mountains”. I was certain he had not seen a mountain since being in Eugene, as the clouds had prevented anyone from seeing anything more than a mile away, but he pointed to the “mountain” he was talking about. It was the hill near campus, Hendricks Park! I told him that wasn’t a mountain, that was a hill and then explained there are plenty of 10,000-foot mountains just east of here, covered with snow year-round. He was shocked. I’m fairly certain he isn’t a geography major. The athlete also said he thought the air smelled “funny” in Eugene, until someone explained he was just smelling fresh air. Sometimes it takes a chance conversation with a stranger to remind me how blessed I am to call Oregon home. Even if it does rain. Constantly.
The 800 meter final heats: In a strange quirk, Oregon sophomore Elijah Greer (1283) had to share his lane with fellow teammate, Boru Guyota (1284). Guyota was stepped on and lost a shoe during his heat yesterday, and was allowed to the next round because his coach protested and won the appeal.
In the 800m (half mile-ish), racers remain in their lanes through the first turn and then all rush to the inside lane of the track to fight it out for two laps. Luckily, Boru Guyota let Elijah Greer take the lead, because Greer not only won his heat, he ran 1:45.98 – the fifth-fasted time ever for a Duck! It was a marvelous outcome to a strange race.
Oregon’s Mandy White in the 200m heats
The Lady Ducks are having a few health issues. Sprinter Amber Purvis is having serious hamstring problems and jumper Jamesha Youngblood is having knee pain. This is very bad news for the Ducks, as the women have a very good chance of winning the National Championship, held in Des Moines in a few weeks. Points, it’s all about the points – and they can’t score points in the national meet if they don’t qualify for the event.
One sporting event just isn’t enough for us today. We weren’t cold enough after spending a day at the track, so we went over to the baseball stadium to watch Oregon v Oregon State. Our friend, Captain Smith, has a skybox at the stadium and we were invited as his guests – nice and warm – with a great view of the new ball park.
Never mind that Captain Smith was in Baltimore – his box-mates were expecting us and treated us like old friends. Ducks won! Another late night. We went to McMenamin’s North Bank at 11p for dinner! This sporting life is hell on a girls beauty sleep.
Tomorrow – we get up and do it all again… well, just the track part.
Until my next update, I remain, your sporty correspondent.