EUGENE, Ore. — Some track and field fans celebrated the sport Saturday night by supporting a documentary on the history and challenges women have faced on the track.
The documentary “We Grew Wings” delves into the experiences of two women’s championship-level University of Oregon track and field teams. One is from 1985 and the other from 2011. The film showcases the challenges they faced in each era.
As 2012, marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX that banned sexual discrimination in schools, which the filmmakers thought in Track Town, USA during the Olympic Trials would be the best time to premiere the film.
“‘We Grew Wings’ was created because no one is telling a positive story of women’s track and field that we could find, and the next generation needs to know their history because it helps strengthen them. Legacy helps inspire,” said the film’s executive producer Ellen Schmidt-Devlin.
The film was shown at the McDonald Theater on Willamette Street.
Schmidt-Devlin said she was looking forward to bringing the film to the public, especially to those in Eugene, who have always been so supportive of their track and field athletes.