It’s the runners and sprinters who get the attention in Track & Field. After all, it is “Track & Field,” not the other way around. This past Friday it was all “Field” when Oregon sent a squad of mostly throwers to the John Knight Twilight Meet at Western Oregon University, so this is a perfect time to become better acquainted with “the Field.”
“The Field” is utterly different from “the Track,” and a team with championship aspirations must excel in both. It’s rather like a championship football team needing to have both a strong offense and defense, only harder. Offense and defense are two sides of the same coin. Track and Field are two different coins.
Fortunately, this weekend showed us that Oregon has that sort of balance. On the men’s side, Ryan Hunter-Simms set a personal best in the shot put by throwing 15.76m, finishing second. Laura Bobek won the women’s discus with a throw of 51.70m. In fact, Oregon finished in the top 5 in all throwing categories that we competed in, which shows both the well-roundedness and capability of both men’s and women’s squads. So, while this may be “Track Town USA,” we must give much credit, attention, and thanks to “the Field” for making this town’s championship aspirations conceivable.