The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field's long-anticipated return to Hayward Field marks another step as the University of Oregon and local community edge closer to normalcy.
With this spring’s in-person commencement activities, a resumption of tours for prospective students and their families, more university facilities opening to the public, and athletes and fans once again filling the greatest track and field stadium in the world — campus is indeed awakening from its pandemic-induced slumber.
The Olympic Trials mark a much-welcomed shift as we resume attending the special events that generate memories that last a lifetime — something Hayward Field excels at creating.
And this cathedral of track and field has no shortage of historic highlights...but now the world’s greatest athletes will craft those moments against a new backdrop — a reimagined Hayward Field.
However, one thing remains unchanged: the Hayward Magic.
More Than a Dozen Ducks Hope to Qualify at Trials
At the 2020 US Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field, some of the world’s best athletes will lace up their spikes and compete for one of the coveted Team USA spots at the Tokyo Olympics.
As the winner of the US Olympic Marathon Trials last year, Galen Rupp ’09 already has his ticket booked for Tokyo. He will likely be far from the only Duck making the trip though, as Jenna Prandini (women’s 200m), Phyllis Francis (women’s 400m), Raevyn Rogers (women’s 800m), Matt Centrowitz (men’s 1,500m and 5K), and Devon Allen (110mH) are all ranked among the top three qualifiers in their favored events heading into the trials.
But who will join them? Will pole vaulter Cole Walsh, currently ranked fourth among American men, make it to the podium? Will UO stars and Bowerman Award watch list members Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare—the latter of whom set the seventh-fastest indoor mile time in world history earlier this year—pull off an upset on their home track?
The Olympic Trials begin June 18 and run through June 27, and will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. To find out when the Ducks are competing, check USA Track and Field's schedule of events.
*(OQ) indicates an athlete’s season best is also an Olympic qualifying mark. Athletes who have not set OQ marks coming into the trials will need to finish in the top three of their event and set an OQ mark in doing so to qualify for Team USA.
The Fan Experience
"The fans are Hayward Field and they bring that Hayward Field magic here.”
The History of Olympic Trials Held at Hayward Field
JUNE 29 - JULY 9, 1972
JUNE 19 - 27, 1976
JUNE 21 - 29, 1980
JUNE 27 - JULY 6, 2008
JUNE 21 - JULY 1, 2012
JULY 1 - 10, 2016
JUNE 18 - 28, 2021
The Voice of Hayward Field
“The stadium built for the athlete will hear every name competing this year,” promises legendary announcer and double Duck Paul Swangard, BA '90, MBA '99, as he prepares for an unfamiliar role at the upcoming Olympics.
2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field Medals Unveiled
TrackTown USA revealed the competition medals for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field. The medals honor the past and celebrate the future of the incredible Hayward Field at the University of Oregon with wood inlays made from salvaged historic Hayward Field materials.