EUGENE, Ore. — The NCAA Track and Field Championships kick off at Hayward Field Wednesday.
It starts with the men’s decathlon at 11:30 a.m., but the big event is the men’s 10,000 meter final. That event is happening at 7:15 p.m.
The athlete to watch is Edward Cheserek, a freshman at the University of Oregon. He was the first freshman in Oregon history to win a NCAA National Cross Country Championship and was the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field champion in both the indoor 300 meter and 500 meter runs.
In addition to all the track and field excitement, is the boost the championships will bring to Eugene’s economy. Hayward Field will host the championships for the next 8 years and Wednesday kicks off the first year of the contract.
Each NCAA event is valued at $6.4 million. The UO Athletic Department says this deal means that Eugene will be the home of more NCAA meets than any other city in the US.