TrackTown Youth League announces 2015 schedule for free youth track meets

Young athletes on the track at at 2014 meet. Photo from TrackTown Youth League website.

The following is a press release issued on May 8, 2015 by the Oregon Sports Authority.

The Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA are proud to announce the 2015 TrackTown Youth League presented by Providence Health & Services, a series of 12 all-comer youth track meets across the state this spring. TrackTown Youth League meets are free of charge and open to boys and girls 8-14 years of age. No prior track and field experience is needed. Top finishers from each meet will advance to the TrackTown Youth League Championship meet on June 27 at Hayward Field during the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene.

The first TrackTown Youth League meet takes place next Tuesday, May 12 at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, followed by meets in North Portland on May 24, Hermiston on May 30 and Hillsboro on May 31. Meets in June will take place in Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Hood River, La Grande, Medford, East Portland and Warrenton/Astoria.

Participants from all Oregon communities are encouraged to sign up at or in person prior to each meet.

Events include the 100 meters, 400 meters, 1,500 meters, long jump and turbojav. The Championship meet, held under the lights at Hayward Field on the evening of June 27, will coincide with the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, offering Oregon youth an unprecedented opportunity to be connected with the best track and field athletes in the United States.

2015 TrackTown Youth League Schedule

May 12: Coos Bay – Marshfield High School
May 24: Portland – Roosevelt High School
May 30: Hermiston – Hermiston High School
May 31: Hillsboro – Liberty High School
June 3: La Grande – Eastern Oregon University
June 8: East Portland – David Douglas High School
June 9: Bend – Summit High School
June 13: Eugene – University of Oregon
June 15: Hood River – Hood River High School
June 16: Medford – St. Mary’s School
June 17: Corvallis – Corvallis High School
June 22: Warrenton/Astoria – Warrenton Grade School
June 27: Championship – University of Oregon

“We are thrilled to share a little bit of the magic of TrackTown USA with young people across the state of Oregon,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA. “I encourage kids of all ability levels to come out to our meets this spring.”

The TrackTown Youth League is a partnership formed by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA to encourage Oregon’s youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country. Local track and field organizers in each community are coordinating the TrackTown Youth League meets.

Tanna Stewart, a 7th grader at Sunridge Middle School in Pendleton who participated in the Hermiston and Championship meets last year, expressed her excitement for the opportunity to compete again this year.

“I had a wonderful time,” said Stewart. “It was a truly perfect experience and I can’t wait for the chance to return!”

More than 500 kids throughout Oregon participated in the inaugural TrackTown Youth League in 2014, culminating with a special championship meet at Hayward Field during the IAAF World Junior Championships. View video and photos of last year’s meets.

“We are excited to expand from seven to 12 cities and hope to attract more than 1,000 kids from across the state to participate in TrackTown Youth League meets this spring,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.

The TrackTown Youth League is supported by: Providence Health & Services, Willamette Valley Track and Field, Oregon Sports Action, Comcast, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club and the Clark Foundation.

Click here for more information on TrackTown Youth League.

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation facilitates increased physical activity among Oregon’s youth through sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.

TrackTown USA is a non-profit organization based in Eugene that has been instrumental in making Oregon the destination for track and field in the United States.

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