The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team qualifying action continues Monday at Hayward Field in Eugene with the possibility of another all-Oregon podium sweep. Three Eugene-based runners are in the final of the men’s 800 meters. Earlier this weekend, three Portland runners swept the men’s 10,000 meters race at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field. Still, the talk of Tracktown remains the world record breaking performance in the decathlon by Oregon native Ashton Eaton. Bryan Clay was the 2008 Olympic decathlon champion, but in these Trials he trailed far behind Eaton.
Clay: “I don’t know if anyone has ever matured it the event as quickly as he has. It’s just mindboggling to see his performance and to see how well he has done in such a short amount of time.”
Eaton completed his first decathlon as a freshman at the University of Oregon in 2007.
Other local athletes trying to punch their tickets to the Summer Olympics Monday night include high jumper Jesse Williams and javelin thrower Cyrus Hostetler, both of Eugene.
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