Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ducks envious of Texas A&M indoor facility...

The Oregon Daily Emerald, the University of Oregon's student newspaper reports that head track coach Vin Lananna visited the campus of Texas A&M University two weeks ago to inspect the school's new indoor track facility.

Lananna and Kilkenny visited Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas during the week of Jan. 17. Both were impressed by the new facility, which boasts music, a video screen and grandstands close to the track, said Texas A&M spokesperson Shawn Price.

Lananna told The Eugene Register-Guard on Jan. 24, "We could use a good place dedicated to being able to get accustomed to competing indoors."

Texas A&M will host the NCAA Indoor Track & Field championships on March 13-14.

Kilkenny and Lananna were invited to visit Gilliam Stadium by Bill Byrne, who was athletic director at Oregon between 1984 and 1992, when he was called "Bill the Builder" because of his enthusiasm for large building projects.

Oregon athletic department spokesperson Greg Walker said an indoor facility would add one more piece to having a complete track program at the University. He said it is "definitely on the wish list."

Currently, the Ducks compete indoors primarily in Seattle at the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor facility, which has a 307 meter Mondo track that is among the fastest venues in the country.

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