Farewell, Eugene, Ore.
Hello from Eugene, Ore. – “Track Town, USA.” Or should I say, “Goodbye to Eugene, Ore.”The 2008 U.S. Olympic track and field trials have come to a close. The team that will represent the red, white and blue next month in Beijing, China, has been determined. What a tremendous feeling of pride and accomplishment for those athletes.In my closing “Tracking the Trials” entry, I would like to encourage all of the readers to make the time to watch the 2008 Olympic Games on television. Take in all of the excitement of the worldwide competition in swimming, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball and, of course, track and field.Learn more about these great sports and athletes. Teach your children about the competitions and share the moments together. Many of the athletes headed to Beijing have been quoted as saying that their athletic careers were shaped by the memories of watching the Olympics and dreaming that that could be them someday.The last day of the trials provided drama right up to the very end with hurdler Lo Lo Jones running one of the fastest races ever, Bernard Lagat thrilling the crowd in the men’s 1,500-meter run and Jenn Stuczynski attempting to clear a new world record in the women’s pole vault. All of this occurred in the final 10 minutes of action at Hayward Field.I am going to miss this place.For complete results and information on the 2008 U.S. Olympic track and field trials, log on to http://www.eugene08.com.Please come out this Friday and support the Glenwood Springers track club with its annual community track meet and fundraiser. Events are open to all ages. Find out how fast you can sprint 100 meters or run a mile. Call Mike Kishimoto at 379-3365 for more information.I sincerely want to thank the Glenwood Springs Post Independent for allowing me to share this column with its readers. I hope that my experience has brought you a little closer to the action.A huge thank-you must be extended to my wonderful mother, Brenda Risner, and our friend Bob Deagle for taking such good care of our children during this trip. You are awesome!Go Demons!Blake Risner is a Glenwood Springs High School track and field coach.
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