TrackTown Summer Series brings top athletes back to Hayward Field

Hayward Field (Photo by Amanda Butt)

EUGENE, Ore. – There’s good news for track and field fans who can’t get enough of the sport. Hayward Field plans to host the inaugural 2016 TrackTown Summer Series on Friday, July 29.

Seventeen U.S. Athletes who qualified for the Rio Olympics at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials will return to Hayward Field to compete in the series.

The series is designed to provide top American track and field athletes an opportunity to compete on U.S. soil during the summer.

The competition will feature four teams of 36 athletes. The four teams represent Portland, New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Athletes compete for prize money and other benefits.

“We’re excited that Hayward Field will be the stage for many of these athletes before they embark on their Olympic journey to Rio,” said TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly. “We believe the team-scoring aspect will provide a tremendous opportunity for both fans and athletes to engage in a great competition.”

The meet will take place at 7 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

2016 Olympians entered in the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series are:

PHILADELPHIA – Phyllis Francis (400m), Brenda Martinez (800m), Ben Blankenship (1,500m), Michelle Lee Ahye (100m, Trinidad & Tobago.)

PORTLAND – Kate Grace (1,500m), Ricky Robertson (high jump), Will Claye (triple jump).

SAN FRANCISCO – Erik Kynard (high jump), Shannon Rowbury (1,500m), Robby Andrews (1,500m), Melissa Bishop (800m, Canada).

NEW YORK CITY – Matthew Centrowitz (800m), Brittney Reese (long jump), Donn Cabral (3,000m steeplechase), Emma Coburn (1,500m), Jeff Porter (110m hurdles), Felisha Johnson (shot put.)

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