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<br /> M I NUT E S <br />e Joint Eugene City Council/University of Oregon/Oregon Track Club <br /> Eugene Community Conference Center <br /> September 15, 1986 - <br /> 5: 00 p. m. <br /> PRESENT: Richard Hansen, Emily Schue, Ruth Bascom, Jeff Miller, Debra <br /> Ehrman,(5:15 p.m.-6:15p.m.), Cynthia Wooten, (5:40 p.m.- <br /> 6:15 p.m.) Eugene City Councilors; Dan Williams, University of <br /> Oregon Vice President for Administration; Gary Trigueiro, <br /> President, Oregon Track Club; Bill McChesney, Vice President, <br /> Oregon Track Club; Bob Bender, Secretary, Oregon Track <br /> Club; Dave Christiansen, Treasurer, Oregon Track Club; Tom <br /> Jordon, Board of Directors, Oregon Track Club; and Barbara <br /> Daugherty, President, Masters Club, Oregon Track Club. <br /> Eugene City Council President Richard Hansen called the meeting to order. <br /> 1. TRACK AND FIELD IN EUGENE <br /> Jane Holloway of the Eugene Parks and Recreation Department said the joint <br /> meeting of the Eugene City Councilors and representatives of the <br /> University of Oregon and the Oregon Track Club responded to the interest <br />e of the councilors in track and field events in Eugene and the status of <br /> Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. <br /> A. Historic Perspective <br /> Gary Trigueiro, President of the Oregon Track Club, reviewed the history <br /> of track and field events in Eugene. He said the first big event was for <br /> the United States Olympic Team that was traveling to Melbourne, Australia, <br /> in 1956. Bi 11 Bowerman sold $50 pledges to many local busi nesses to <br /> underwrite the cost of bringing the team to Eugene. Soon, Mr. Bowerman <br /> brought jogging to the nation's attention. Later, Eugene hosted five NACC <br /> (National Collegiate Athletic Association) meets, three TAc (The Athletic <br /> Congress) championship meets, and three Olympic Trials. <br /> Mr. Trigueiro said Eugene is identified throughout the world with running <br /> and track and field events. He discussed the excellent publicity Eugene <br /> has recei ved because of track and field events and the world-class <br /> ath 1 etes who live here. He distributed copies of an article titled <br /> "Picking Them Up, Laying Them Down" by Frederick C. Klein that appeared in <br /> The Wall Street Journal. He said Nike, Athletics West, and "Running <br /> Magazine" brought much recognition to Eugene and provided about $1 million <br /> in salaries annually. However, they have left the city. He emphasized <br /> that cities can quickly lose their reputation as premier locations for <br /> track and field events. <br />e MINUTES--Eugene City Council, University of Oregon, Oregon Track Club <br /> September 15, 1986 Page 1 <br />
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