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by Frank Baldwin June 04, 2015



Theissen-Eaton came in 1st in the Gotzis Multi-Events meet last weekend, scoring 6808 points in the heptathlon, a new Canadian record. In a field of 29 competitors, 6 of whom failed to finish, Brianne finished 261 points ahead ahead of her nearest competitor, a German.


Two days later, back in Toronto, Brianne was attacked by a pigeon while doing a TV interview. Here's a report; be sure to check the video - full screen:






The pros know Eugene well!


commentsEugene is 'the best place' for 2021 IAAF world championships, track and field's big stars believe



Eugene is 'the best place' for 2021 IAAF world championships, track and field's big stars believe

Some of the sport's biggest stars expressed satisfaction that it would mark the first world championship in America since the meet's origin in 1983. "Anybody who has been to Oregon for a track meet or competed in Oregon knows that it was kind of a no-brainer." said Olympic 400-meter champion Kirani James of Grenada. The final stage was similarly obvious for the athletes: How can I extend my career for six more years? "I wish it would be coming now so I could compete in it," said Sanya Richards-Ross, the U.S. record-holder at 400 meters. "I think every American athlete wants to run a worlds or Olympics on U.S. soil. This is the best place to have the meet," said Richards-Ross, who turned 30 in February. "They're going to feel like they have such an advantage with fans here, so I'm excited for the athletes. And who knows, maybe I'll make a comeback?"

She won't wait long to compete in a world championships in the state, with Portland hosting the 2016 indoor world championships March 17-20. But while that meet requires reconfiguring the Oregon Convention Center layout to fit 7,000 temporary seats, the outdoor championships demand a more substantial renovation at Oregon's Hayward Field, which must hold at least 30,000 to meet the IAAF's world championship requirements. A sellout of 13,278 watched last weekend's Prefontaine Classic; the facility attendance record of 22,602 was set at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials. "If they do it right it just augments the experience," said U.S. middle-distance star Jenny Simpson. "If you take what's best about Eugene and bring people in from around the world it could amplify what is already great about Hayward Field." 

TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna, the former Oregon track and field coach said Saturday that stadium upgrades will begin in 2017 and will be ready in time for the 2018 Pre Classic. Any renovations will also have to take into consideration the NCAA outdoor championships, which will be held in Eugene through 2021.

Said Grenada's James: "Just having the world championships, you have to make some changes at some point, but it doesn't change anything that Hayward Field has meant to athletes. It was the home of (Steve) Prefontaine, (Bill) Bowerman, the foundation of a lot of iconic athletes."


Football Recruiting 

Hunter Kampmoyer, 3-star OLB, commits to Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks' drought at the linebacker position is over.

After a roller-coaster recruitment that saw two commitments, a de-commitment and several unofficial visits, Rivals three-star tight end/defensive end Hunter Kampmoyer, who projects at outside linebacker for the Ducks, became the eighth pledge in the class of 2016 on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound athlete, out of Bishop, California, first appeared to end his recruitment in late February with a commitment to Arizona State. However, the two-way standout continued to take trips, leading him to Corvallis, Eugene and other Pac-12 venues.

The Oregon trip, in particular, stood out to Kampmoyer."It was awesome," he told The Oregonian/OregonLive. "Growing up, I was an Oregon Ducks fan, because they had the cool jerseys and whatnot, so it was awesome to get a chance to go there and see it in person." Still, the Arizona State pledge remained intact until the end of April when he elected to open things back up. "The reason I de-committed from Arizona State was originally for school," he explained. "I was too focused on the future and wasn't focusing on what was important right now. I sat down with my family and they said that I tend to do that a lot. I decided to de-commit and focus on what's important now."

On Monday evening that decision paid off, as Kampmoyer picked up the Oregon offer he'd been seeking from linebacker coach Erik Chinander and committed without hesitation. "Last Thursday I sat down with my family and we all talked about it," he said. "I decided if Oregon offered I was going to commit. It worked out perfectly." Despite making his decision Monday, the team-oriented athlete waited until Tuesday evening to make his commitment public so that he could make a private announcement to his teammates.

Oregon will need to add at least two more linebackers by signing day in February, and are targeting several four-star options options, including Camilo Eifler, Bryce Youngquist, La'Mar Winston, Darrian Franklin, Chase Claypool, Michael Divinity and more. But after swinging and missing on several defensive prospects in the class of 2015 and a few more early in 2016, Kampmoyer's commitment may just be a sign that the tide is turning for Oregon at the linebacker position.

Here's a look at the Oregon Ducks recruiting class so far:

4* S Brady Breeze, 6-1, 200, Central Catholic HS (Portland, OR)

4* QB Seth Green, 6-4, 205, Allen HS (Allen, TX)

4* DB Troy Warner, 6-2, 185, Mission Hills HS (San Marcos, CA)

4* WR Theo Howard, 5-11, 170, Westlake HS (Westlake Village, CA)

3* TE Cam McCormick, 6-5, 235, Summit HS (Bend, OR)

3* OL Jacob Capra, 6-5, 270, Placer HS (Auburn, CA)

3* WR Dillon Mitchell, 6-1, 190, White Station HS (Memphis, TN)

3* OLB Hunter Kampmoyer, 6-4, 235, Bishop Union HS (Bishop, CA)

Frank Baldwin
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