TrackTown Summer Series adds coed 4x400m relay, exhibition hurdle race
EUGENE, Ore. – Need two more reasons to head to Hayward Field on Friday night to enjoy the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series, a scored four-team competition featuring 22 Olympic athletes?
How about this:
Oregon’s Devon Allen, the reigning Pac-12, NCAA and U.S. Olympic Trials champion in the 110-meter hurdles, will go head-to-head against former Duck Johnathan Cabral in an exhibition match at the meet. Cabral, a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team, and Allen’s training partner, has a PR of 13.35 in the 110m hurdles, while Allen set his lifetime best of 13.03 in becoming the first collegian to win the 110m hurdles at the Trials since Renaldo Nehemiah (Maryland) in 1980.
This will be the last stop for each hurdler on the Road to Rio.
In another new development at the TrackTown Summer Series, meet organizers announced today that the men’s and women’s 400-meter races will be replaced by a coed 4×400-meter relay race. The four teams are as follows:
· NEW YORK – Vernon Norwood, Novlene Willams-Mills, Chris Giesting, Kendall Baisden.
· PHILADELPHIA – James Harris, Phyllis Francis, Kyle Clemons, Claudia Francis.
· PORTLAND – Mike Berry, Monica Hargrove, Dontavius Wright, Ebony Eutsey.
· SAN FRANCISCO – Najee Glass, Robin Reynolds, Lalonde Gordon, Shapri Romero.
The concept of a coed relay has been around for a long time, but this is reportedly the first time that professional track and field athletes will actually compete in such a race at historic Hayward Field.
Here is the revised competition schedule:
5:15 p.m. – men’s and women’s 4-mile road race. 6:30 p.m. – women’s pole vault (east runway). 6:33 p.m. – men’s triple jump (west runway). 6:35 p.m. – women’s 100m hurdles. 6:50 p.m. – women’s 3,000m steeplechase. 7:05 p.m. – men’s 100m. 7:10 p.m. – men’s and women’s shot put (east ring). 7:15 p.m. – women’s 100m. 7:25 p.m. – women’s 800m. 7:30 p.m. – men’s high jump (west apron). 7:35 p.m. – men’s 3,000m steeplechase. 7:53 p.m. – men’s 800m. 8:00 p.m. – women’s long jump (west runway). 8:10 p.m. – men’s 110m hurdles. 8:18 p.m. – men’s 110m hurdles match race. 8:24 p.m. – women’s 1,500m. 8:35 p.m. – men’s 1,500m. 8:50 p.m. – men’s and women’s mixed 4x400m relay. 8:55 p.m. – team trophy presentation.
The meet begins at 6:30 p.m. at Hayward Field. General admission tickets can be purchased at Hayward Field ticket booths on the day of the meet: $15 for sections A-D in West Grandstand; $10 for all other sections; $25 Family Pass for 2 adults and 3 kids; $5 Youth (ages 2-17); children under 2 years old are free.
Ninkasi beer will be served at concession stands and kids will be allowed on the infield to watch the field events. Here is the link for youth registration: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084fa4aa29a7f58-youth.
For more information, go to tracktownsummerseries.com.
Information for this story provided by TrackTown staff.
High Performance Breathing Technology Runners Win Two Gold Medals at IAAF World Indoor Championships
PORTLAND, OREGON (PRWEB) MARCH 29, 2016
High Performance Breathing Technology Runners Patrick Feeney and Chris Giesting along with National Indoor Champion Vernon Norwood, Kyle Clemons, Calvin Smith and Elvyonn Bailey of team USA displayed a memorable performance in front of a sell-out crowd at the Oregon Convention Center for the IAAF World Indoor Championships held March 19 and 20, 2016.
Team USA finished with a 3:02.45 win, the third-fastest time ever indoors, just 0.33 seconds shy of the world record they set two years ago in Sopot, Poland. Bahamas (3:04.75) and Trinidad and Tobago (3:05.51) produced national indoor records to complete the medalists.
Chris Giesting, when asked about High Performance Breathing Technology stated, “Since adopting the program in September it has improved his overall health, increased the threshold at which he was able to train in order to accomplish more during a single workout providing the edge of margin to separate himself from his competitors.”
Giesting, the fastest leg runner in the heats, produced a superb run (45.34) to build up an insurmountable lead in the third leg of the finals as Norwood took the baton with the clock at 2:17.47.
Patrick Feeney, when asked about High Performance Breathing technology stated, “After a couple of weeks working with High Performance Breathing Technology’s program I have been sleeping better than ever and feeling much more calm and relaxed. It has helped me focus on the race at hand, trust my training and get my mind right for the best times I have ever run.”
Mark Andrew Zwartynski, Managing Partner of High Performance Breathing Technology, stated, “Founder Dr. Martin Denbar’s Airway Management strategy has introduced the newest natural program to improve athletic performance and be an alternative to certain illegal banned substances, for which we are very proud”.
Silver went to the Bahamas; Bronze was won by Trinidad & Tobago with Jamaica finishing fourth.
Indiana Pacers Former Athletic Trainer and Director of High Performance Breathing, David Craig, Inducted Into the 2016 National Athletic Trainers’ Assoc. Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS, IN and AUSTIN, TX (PRWEB) MARCH 15, 2016
David Craig, LAT ATC, longtime Head Athletic Trainer for the NBA Indiana Pacers and Director of Athletics for High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC will be inducted into the 2016 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.
David graduated from Purdue University working under the legendary William “Pinky” Newell. After working summer camps with the NFL’s Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, David spent the next 35 years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the NBA Indiana Pacers. During his time with the Pacers, David was part of two ABA championship teams.
“I am excited to be recognized by my colleagues and inducted into the prestigious NATA – National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame,” stated Craig. “I want to thank my family and friends who have made it possible for me to practice as an athletic trainer for 45 years. Special thanks go out to the Indiana Pacers where I was the head athletic trainer for over 35 years. It has been an enjoyable career and I still enjoy being an athletic trainer.”
“We champion the outstanding contributions of David and his constant commitment and passion for the athletic training profession,” says Chuck Kimmel, ATC, NATA Honors & Awards Committee Chair. “We recognize and celebrate him as a member of the tremendous class of 2016 and all he has done to support NATA, its wide reaching programs and the members it represents.”
David was the first president of the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association and in 1993 won the organization’s “Professional Clinician/Athletic Trainer of the Year” Award. In 1995, he was inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame. He served as the athletic trainer for the Eastern Conference in the 1985 and 1996 NBA All-Star Games. In 2001, he won the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In 2003, he was named the recipient of the Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award and served as the athletic trainer for the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.
David received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University. In 2004, he served as one of the athletic trainers for the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in Greece and continues to work with several USOC teams. David was also honored as a distinguished “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the Governor of Indiana.
David serves as Director of Athletics for High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC and as athletic trainer for many USOC teams, collegiate and professional athletes as well as the general public.
I am excited to be recognized by my colleagues and inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Special thanks go out to the Indiana Pacers where I was the head athletic trainer for over 35 years.