EUGENE, Ore. - Tracktown USA has always been an incubator of running talent.
Tradition, pine-lined trails and cool rain make this a haven where endurance athletes thrive.
Bill Bowerman, the legendary University of Oregon coach, invented the waffle sole in his Eugene kitchen and teamed with one of his runners, Phil Knight, to create Nike.
The latest in a long line of Duck greats won the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Thursday in commanding and symbolic style. Not only did Galen Rupp kick past the hard-charging Bernard Lagat down the stretch, but he broke the meet record held by none other than Steve Prefontaine.
The charismatic Pre,...