I read some great news that will no doubt excite track and field enthusiasts. The Oregon State University Beavers are set to bring back the sport over twenty years after it was cut for budgetary reasons in 1988. According to the Daily Barometer, “OSU will build a track and field facility that is expected to be available for use in 2010. Along with the new track facility, there are plans for the expansion of the women’s track and field program as well as the eventual reintroduction of the men’s program. The facility will be located next to the softball field on Western Boulevard. The initial facility will hold seating for 1,500 and will also hold large areas for spectators to stand during events.”
OSU has a long-history with a successful track and field program. The men’s teams won the NCAA championship in 1961. Also Richard “Dick” Fosbury (men’s track and field, 1968-70) revolutionized the event of high jumping, with his back-first style. “The Fosbury Flop” helped him win an Olympic gold medal while still in college, and he won two NCAA Championships in the event for Oregon State. Fosbury is currently serving as the World Olympians Association President.