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More NW Track Athletes Make the U.S. Olympic Team

Bradley Parks
OPB News.

Northwest athletes had another good day at the Olympic Track and Field trials in Eugene. University of Oregon graduates had success running in front of a home crowd at Hayward Field.

Ashton Eaton was the star, Sunday. The Olympic gold-medalist won the decathlon with a score of 8750. He was asked to compare this win with the 2012 Olympic Trials, when he set a world record. He says he’s older and more confident.
 “If I’m in a situation in a decathlon, I’ll have confidence that I’ll be able to handle it because I’ve been in a lot of them. I was just a little more confident in this one. Like if something went bad, you know, like throwing 13 meters in a shot-put, that I’d be able to handle it.”
Jeremy Taiwo of Seattle also made the Olympic decathlon team
Other U of O graduates heading to Rio:
English Gardner, who won the women’s 100 meter race. In the 400 meter, Phyllis Francis got the second spot on the team behind veteran sprinter Allyson Felix.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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