2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

What I did:

I was fortunate to cover the 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials as a freelancer for the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s track bureau. Throughout the trials, I was given professional assignments as a freelancer and was also frequently in charge of social media (@SOJCtrack).

Lagat Gives Fans a Memorable Olympic Trials Win

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After a disappointing DNF in the 10,000 on the first day of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, fan favorite Bernard Lagat was not about to do the same in the 5,000-meter race. Lagat took charge with 100 meters to go and took home the victory and a ticket to the Rio Games. 

Click on the hyperlink above or download the PDF here: Bernard Lagat

It’s Not Yet Hammer Time

At only 23 years old, Kent State graduate Matthias Tayala has not quite hit was is considered the prime age for a hammer thrower. Unlike most track and field events, hammer throwers do not peak until their early 30s. After a seed-surpassing, but still underwhelming performance at the 2016 Olympic U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, Tayala is counting on improving with age. 

PDF: Matthias Tayala


Florence’s Gabrielle Thomas Finishes Sixth in 200 at Olympic Track Trials

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With Olympian Tori Bowie on her inside lane and her childhood idol, Alyson Felix, a few lanes over, Harvard freshman Gabrielle Thomas placed sixth in the U.S. Olympic trials 200 meters. Now, with her freshman season behind her, she has high expectations for herself going forward.

        PDF: Gabrielle Thomas