EUGENE, Ore. – Track and field royalty will share the stage at the next TrackTown Tuesday on Feb. 2 at the Downtown Athletic Club.
University of Oregon distance runner Edward Cheserek, the first male to win three consecutive individual NCAA cross country titles, will join Team Eaton – UO alums Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and their esteemed coach, Harry Marra – as the featured guests to kick off the Olympic year at the free town hall meeting. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a social hour, followed by the one-hour show at 7 p.m.
Cheserek, a 10-time NCAA champion and two-time finalist for The Bowerman, will talk about his achievements during the 2015 cross country season and look ahead to the upcoming year along with UO associate head coach Andy Powell.
In addition, we’ll celebrate the historic achievement of the Northwest Christian University women’s cross country team last fall. Under the guidance of head coach Heike McNeil, the Beacon women claimed the first NAIA championship in school history.
This promises to be a special year for Team Eaton.
Eaton, who turned 28 in January, is the reigning two-time World Champion and Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon. The Oregon Track Club Elite star broke his own world record by scoring 9,045 points at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing last summer. The IAAF Athlete of the Year is focused on setting another world record in the indoor heptathlon at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 17-20, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
Theisen-Eaton, 27, will represent Canada in the pentathlon at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She closed out 2015 as the heptathlon world leader by scoring a personal best of 6,808 points in winning her second title at the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria. Theisen-Eaton also won her second heptathlon silver medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. She’s hoping Portland will be scene of her first major global championship.
As always, TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna will be the host of the TrackTown Tuesday festivities with former UO three-sport star Jordan Kent serving as emcee. There will be free coffee, tea and soft drinks, $5 appetizers and Hop Valley Brewing Co. will be pouring $3 pints of beer. Free parking is available in the adjacent Overpark. No validation is required after 5 p.m.
Curtis Anderson | TrackTown USA
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