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Lananna on Oregon: 'The center of track and field in the United States'

Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA, served as head coach for the US track team in Rio. (SBG/Kelly Andersen)

EUGENE, Ore. - Team USA brought home a record-breaking 121 medals from this year's summer Olympics in Rio.

Five of those medals are thanks to athletes from right here in Track Town.

Matthew Centrowitz, Ashton Eaton, Phyllis Francis and English Gardner all helped bring in four different gold medals, either individually or through a team effort.

Galen Rupp brought in a bronze medal.

Former Duck Brianne Theisen-Eaton also brought in a bronze medal for Team Canada.

Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA, served as head coach for the US track team in Rio.

"I don't know if there's been anything that's been quite as rewarding or exciting and as tiring as the Olympic games," he said, "but quite honestly it was fantastic."

"It really validated that Oregon was the center of track and field in the United States," Lananna said. "If you look at all of the athletes that had some connection to the State of Oregon, to something we’ve done here at Hayward Field, I think this is an example of taking the Hayward Field magic and bringing it to South America."

Lananna was complimentary of the success of athlete from the Pac-12 conference at the Olympics.

"It's a great conference, and when they call it a conference of champions, I think this is a validation of that," he said.

Lananna had extra praise for Ashton Eaton.

"I don't know where on the resume you put how great a human being he is and how much he has done for the sport of track in field in the United States and the world," he said.

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