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Olympic track and field trials go back to Eugene

Hayward Field

The 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are headed back to Eugene, Ore., it was announced Thursday, one year after the meet was originally awarded to Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) in Walnut, Calif.

The University of Oregon will host the trials for a fourth straight time dating to 2008.

USA Track and Field announced in June 2017 that Mt. SAC would host the 2020 trials. USATF said three months ago that bidding was reopened amid litigation surrounding the construction of a new stadium at Mt. SAC.

The Los Angeles area college originally beat out Eugene, Ore., and Sacramento for the trials. When bidding was reopened, the candidates were reportedly Eugene, Sacramento (host of the 2000 and 2004 trials) and Austin, Texas.

The trials will be June 19-28, 2020, (with two off days) ahead of the Olympics, which run July 24-Aug. 9 in Tokyo.

Hayward Field was recently torn down and is being replaced by a new stadium scheduled to be completed in spring 2020. Hayward will also host the 2021 World Championships.

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