Oregon 14: Global competition, local impact

EUGENE, Ore. - Over 6 days, the world competed in peace in Oregon at the IAAF World Junior Championships.

Total attendance at Hayward Field was 51,532 fans.

A total of 1,062 Citizens of TrackTown volunteers made the event possible.

And the United States matched its best total ever for the World Junior Championships with 21 total medals, including 11 golds, five silvers and five bronzes.

Kenya took home 16 medals.

Ethiopia, Great Britain, Russia, Japan, Jamaica and China all tied at 6 medals each.

The first athletes left Oregon early Monday, with the balance leaving later in the day or Tuesday.

The event impacted the local economy, with athletes, fans and coaches traveling to the Oregon Coast, riding mountain bikes in Oakridge, dining in local restaurants and visiting local shopping centers.

What remains to be seen: Whether Oregon 14 makes the kind of impression on the IAAF necessary to beat out Barcelona, Spain, and Doha, Qatar, for the 2019 World Championships.

"Think of how exciting, how transformational, it would be for this entire state, for the country, for the sport, if we were to do something as big and audacious as the World Championships in 2019," said Vin Lananna, who chairs TrackTown, USA. "It's almost unthinkable."

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