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 By Joey Blum    Sports    February 27, 2020 

SPOTLIGHT: LONG DISTANCE RUNNING - Pre was great, and definitely cool

"A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding." "Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it." – Steve...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    February 20, 2020

Run, jump and throw – like a girl

A few years ago on a warm spring day, I took a friend's son who had shown an interest in running to the legendary Hayward Field. I thought, why not give him a taste of Hayward, the track and the...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    February 13, 2020


Over the coming weeks, crews will mount two-foot by eight-foot perforated steel panels on the outside of the tower. Together, the panels depict images of five icons who have helped define the UO's...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    February 13, 2020


Eight teams of four runners each take their places on a 400-meter oval track. Eight runners start the race carrying the Holy Grail, a colored baton they must hand to the next runner. If the handoff...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    February 6, 2020

World leaders off track with decision to ban honest, worthy competitors

"All Olympians have some exceptional traits. That is why they are elite athletes. A level playing field for everyone remains elusive, perhaps unattainable." – Jeré Longman, writing in The New York...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    February 6, 2020

COUNT DOWN: World and USA Records

WORLD RECORDS Women's 800m 1.53.28, Jarmila Kratochvilova, 1983 Women's 1500m 3:50.07, Genzebe Dibaba, 2015 Men's 800m 1:41.09, David Rudisha, 2010 Men's 1500m 3:26.00, Hicham El Guerrouj, 1998 USA RE...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 30, 2020

SPOTLIGHT: 800M & 1500M SPRINTS - Middle distances, and memories

"Running is a very simple sport. We like to really make it very complicated, but it's honestly such a simple, easy sport." - Donavan Brazier, American record-holder in the 800 meters Track and field...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 30, 2020


In both races, runners form a tight pack. Running in a pack allows trailing runners to "draft" off of front-runners. Drafting is a means of conserving energy, and sometimes racers take turns at the...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 30, 2020


World Athletics 100 Top USA Women (800m) Ajee Wilson Raevyn Rogers (UO) Hanna Green Ce'Aira Brown Kate Grace Women (1500m) Jenny Simpson Shelby Houlihan Kate Grace Nikki Hiltz Shannon Osika Men (800m)...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 23, 2020

SPOTLIGHT: THE HURDLES - Only for the brave at heart

"You need to be fast to be a great hurdler, and you need to be a good tactician to get over the hurdles as quickly as possible." – Sydney McLaughlin, American hurdler As I've said before, most fans...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 23, 2020

Two extraordinary competitors going head-to-head in 400-meter hurdles

Track and field does not often lend itself to sustained dominance. The ability to deliver peak performance is challenged by any combination of physical realities, luck and fate. There are always young...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 16, 2020

THE 400-METER SPRINTS: 'I see the ball and I hit the ball'

Watching the 400-meter race, I always imagine where I would be when the winner crosses the finish line. At my fastest (years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth), I would have been lucky to get to...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 2, 2020

USA's elite athletes to sparkle in Emerald Valley

CRESWELL – In the United States we call it Track and Field: the rest of the world calls it Athletics. The biggest competitions in the sport are The Olympics, held every four years and The World...


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