Future Duck Katie Rainsberger and Historic Hayward Field Are a Match Made in Heaven

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Every so often at Historic Hayward Field, you can see something – a race, a throw, or a jump – that will surprise and impress you. And expectations were high for Katie Rainsberger, a senior from Air Academy High in Colorado Springs, Colo., when she raced at Hayward twice this year. I was fortunate enough to watch her compete in the …

Jackson Mestler: Star Recruit and Glimpse Into His Near Future at Historic Hayward Field

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The Oregon Ducks have scored another prodigy for their track and field program, this time with Jackson Mestler of Sheldon High School. Anyone who payed attention to the high school races during the recent Oregon Relays at Historic Hayward Field has seen the name before. Mestler is no stranger to the greatness of Oregon running, after all, he grew up in …

Recruiting Landscape Has Changed

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Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out When Texas A&M’s Pat Henry complained about Oregon’s “unfair advantage” in hosting the NCAA Championships through 2021, he inadvertently called attention to the changing landscape of college athlete recruiting. Why Henry’s complaint is really about his position in the changing landscape of recruiting — rather than the advantage once on the track — is the subject of this …

Oregon’s “Unfair” Advantage in Track & Field

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Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Texas A&M track coach Pat Henry thinks that Oregon has an unfair advantage at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, according to a Saturday article by Oregonlive’s Andrew Greif. Henry, it seems, thinks that the home field advantage works to Oregon’s favor — and he’s right. But Henry misses the boat when he jumps from “advantage” to …

Ducks Sweep NCAA Track & Field Championships

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By Mike Merrell, reporting direct from Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon for FishDuck.com Jenna Prandini and Raevyn Rogers led the Oregon Women’s Track & Field Team to its first NCAA title in thirty years Saturday, sealing a rare double win for the Ducks’ track program. The Ducks’ men’s team took top honors in action completed Friday. The women were …

Track Championships: Men are Charging and Women Bounce Back

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Mike Merrell, reporting from Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon The University of Oregon Ducks Men’s Track and Field Team made another positive move toward a second-straight NCAA Division I championship Thursday when decathlete Dakota Keys wrestled his way up from fifth place to third with a total score of 7863, just short of his personal best of 8,086. Keys …

Look to FishDuck for NCAA Track & Field Coverage

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Look to FishDuck.com to bring you coverage of the 2015 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Track & Field Championships. Covering the event for FishDuck will be our editor-in-chief and former Oregon Track Club member Mike Merrell, who narrowly missed qualifying for the 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon. In addition to following all of our Oregon Ducks, Mike will be …

Track and Field 2014-15: Ducks on Track to a Dynasty

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The 2014 NCAA track and field season was one of the best in recent years — if not ever — for the Oregon Ducks men’s and women’s teams.  After both teams won NCAA indoor championships and completed a strong regular outdoor season, the Ducks excelled in the regional qualifiers, sending a total of 37 men and women athletes to the …

Track Town USA: The Legacy Of Hayward Field Lives On

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Located on the University of Oregon’s Eugene campus, Hayward Field is one of the world’s most famous track-and-field-only facilities.  But before Hayward Field was the fan-filled, legendary home of insanely talented track and field athletes, it was a small, quarter mile dirt track named Kincaid Field.  The track itself actually dates all the way back to 1895 when the University …

Running Giants at Historic Hayward Field

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Track Town, USA.  The words bring to mind a few things: Eugene, the Ducks, Steve Prefontaine and lastly but most importantly, Hayward Field.  Fans, athletes and coaches all over the world know about Hayward Field.  Athletes and coaches love to compete there because of the knowledgeable and loud fans who roar approval for every athlete who passes through the gates. Construction for Hayward Field …