On Sunday, January 8th, TrackTown USA made an appearance indoors, but not for a Track and Field meet. We were at Matthew Knight Arena for the University of Oregon Men’s Basketball game versus the Cal Bears for a special event featuring some local track and field heroes. What started as an event to showcase World Champion High Jumper, Jesse Williams’ jumping ability, turned into a dunk contest featuring Williams and the local three-sport hero, Jordan Kent.
The two explosive athletes got the court to themselves during halftime of the game and showed that basketball players aren’t the only ones who can play above the rim. They each entertained the crowd with two dunks and some other crowd pleasing activities, but it was Kent who ended up placing the medal around Williams neck.
Here is video of the high flying TrackTown ThrowDown!
Oscar Pistorius — the double amputee who has become known as “The Blade Runner” –will compete in the 400 meters. Pre meet director Tom Jordan told the Register Guard: “I think his participation is an opportunity for Oregon fans to see one of the great stories currently in track and field. He’s known world-wide as ‘The Blade Runner,’ and he has been ruled eligible to compete in IAAF track and field meets. We think the fans at Hayward Field will give him a warm welcome, and hopefully he’ll set a personal best.”
Another South African has also confirmed that she will compete at Pre. Caster Semenya will compete in the 800 meters, as she prepares to defend her World Champion title later in the summer in Daegu, South Korea.