Well, we're finally here in Eugene, Oregon, for the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This place is nuts. I've always heard people talk about how they call this place Track Town, USA. (Well, not always... Let's face it - I knew practically nothing about track pre-Rich.) I thought the stories had to be at least a little exaggerated.
WRONG. Eugene, Oregon, LOVES track.
If the signs around the town welcoming one and all to the meet weren't enough to prove this, the fact that the key card for our hotel room was made for this week and looks something like this
definitely gave it away. Seriously. It's so cool to be in a place that actually cares about track. It's so... different. And awesome.
Rich races tomorrow in the prelims, and then, with any luck - no, with any skill - he'll race again on Friday in the finals. The steeplechase prelims are tomorrow at 6:15 PM (PT), and Rich races in the second of 2 heats. The top 6 in each heat qualify for the finals, and then the top 2 times after that. I'm pretty sure that the race is going to be broadcast online, and this link should get you there: