A big weekend in track and field is upon us as we get further along in the 2012 Olympic year. Indoor meets are spread all across the country with events in New York, Boston, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Texas and Washington. We are expecting some great results and will be following the meets this weekend closely, especially those competitions that have close ties to TrackTown USA.
New on the winter schedule this year is the USATF US Open held in New York City inside the Madison Square Garden. The MSG has long been one of the premiere venues for sports and entertainment, and the return of track and field for an indoor meet there will be sure live up to that. The US Open also kicks off USATF 2012 Visa Championship Series. The meet begins at 6:58pm this Saturday, January 28th and will broadcast the following evening on ESPN2 from 7:00-9:00.
“I’m excited to compete again. I want to back up last year’s season with a good result in my first competition,” Williams said. “It’s always a little nerve-wracking because it’s the first meet, but I’ll be ready.”
Other stars competing include Bernard Lagat, David Oliver, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson, Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, Tiffany Ofili Porter, and Lolo Jones. Former Duck pole vaulter, Becky Holliday is also set to compete.
For a list of all the athletes that have confirmed that they will be at the US Open and the events they are competing in click here | 2012 US Open Athletes
Other Local athletes will head to College Station, Texas for the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge inside the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The two-day meet begins Friday, January 17th with a short evening session and continues with a full day of action on Saturday. A large contingent of the University of Oregon’s Track and Field teams will be on hand, as well as, former Duck and the indoor men’s heptathlon world record holder, Ashton Eaton. Eaton is scheduled to compete in the Olympic Development Long Jump on Friday evening and the Olympic Development 400-meter and 60m hurdles.
Returning for the Ducks will be NCAA pentathlon record holder, Brianne Theisen (Read Today’s Register-Guard Article on Theisen by Curtis Anderson). For more Duck coverage heading into this meet, check out the release at GoDucks.com.
Finally, a little closer to TrackTown USA, the University of Washington Invitational will be taking place Friday and Saturday. The Oregon State Women’s Distance Program, Portland State and the University of Portland are among the numerous teams that will be competing in Seattle. Check out FloTrack’s Coverage of the UW Invitational.
Check back Monday for a recap of all the weekends events.