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Hundreds of young athletes converged on Hayward Field last Thursday for Eugene School District 4J's annual district track and field meet. The competitors ranged from awestruck 11-year-olds setting foot on the historic track for the first time to seasoned 14-year-olds with state, regional and national Junior Olympics experience. Top-three results for the 66 events are listed in the accompanying scoreboard, while the following participant profiles include one representative from each high school area.

Spencer Butte's Lizzie Hager won the sixth-grade discus with a mark of 59 feet, 5 inches, less than her 60-foot-plus qualifying mark the previous week. She also placed second in the girls' shot put with a 26-4 1/4 effort.

Madison's Calli Dowdy cut eight seconds off her personal best while winning the seventh-grade girls1,500-meter run in 5 minutes, 19.20 seconds. She also placed third in the 800-meter run.

Cal Young's Jordan Johnson also set a personal best of 18-4 3/4 to win the eighth-grade boys long jump. His previous best was 17-9. He also finished second in the 70-meter hurdles and competed in the 400-meter run.

Jeff Jackson, an autistic eighth-grader at Kennedy Middle School's Cognitive Learning Center, competed in track and field for the first time this year. He qualified for the district meet in both the 200 meters and long jump, finishing fifth in the 200 in 28.46.


To submit events The deadline for community sports notes and announcements is Thursday at noon. Due to the volume of requests, announcements may appear only once. Submit listings to: Gil Hulin, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440, e-mail them to or fax them to 687-6674. Camps and Instruction Safe at Home baseball camp, for ages 9-14, offers two formats for week-long summer baseball. Safe at Home Classic runs five mornings a week and offers instruction, practice and a game every day, beginning June 26. Sandlot Baseball Camp offers games for 10- to 14-year-olds on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning July 17. Camps are held at Washington Park in central Eugene. For more information, visit or call 683-1018.

UO softball camps will offer three programs beginning next month. Hitting camp is June 19-20, and Pitching/Catching Camp is June 21-22. The All Skills Camp, July 17-20, will cover power hitting, bunting, slap hitting and analysis of different pitches from the batter's perspective. View camp information or register online at Camp pricing ranges from $198 to $754 depending on the camp length, the day camper or overnight option, and early or late registration. A late fee takes effect 14 days before the camp start.

Thurston Hoop Camp for boys and girls entering grades 2-9 will be June 19-22 at Thurston High School. Presented by the THS boys coaches and players, the session for kids entering grades 2-5 is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and for grades 6-9 is 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $45, including a camp T-shirt. Shooting technique, individual and team skills, and fundamentals will be stressed. Register at the Willamalane Memorial Building, 765 A Street, Springfield.

Registration Pop Warner tackle football registration for O'Hara, St. Paul's, Willamette Christian and other Christian private schools is today from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at O'Hara Catholic School, 715 W. 18th Avenue. A $25 deposit will hold space on the team, with the $180 balance due by May 31 ($205 total fee). Six levels are offered for player ages 5-15.

Track City Track Club is beginning its short season registration. Athletes ages 7-18 are invited to participate. Practice takes place at the Sheldon High School track, Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Information and registration forms are available at practice, by calling 465-8887 or can be downloaded from

Kick City: May 31 is the registration deadline for adult, summer-season indoor soccer leagues. Tentative plans call for four men's divisions, four women's divisions and four coed divisions. Visit or call 744-2255 for details.

Coed soccer: Registration is open through June 9 for this summer's city of Eugene coed "hat draw" soccer league. Individuals can register at the Athletics office, 2700 Hilyard Street, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each player must submit a completed registration form and fee of $25. Teams will be formed by randomly drawing the names of registered players out of a hat. Play begins June 21 and lasts six consecutive Wednesday evenings at Ascot Park, next to Monroe Middle School. Call 682-5409 for more information.

YMCA Itty-Bitty T-ball for ages 3-5 will be a clinic-format activity on four consecutive Thursday evenings starting June 8. The 45-minute sessions start at 6 p.m. and require parent participation. The $30 fee per child includes a youth T-shirt, and the registration deadline at the YMCA is May 31. Call Pam at 686-9622 for more information.

Teams Forming Eugene Metro FC is still seeking players for U12 girls and U14 and U11 boys soccer teams that will practice and play summer tournaments and play in fall competitive leagues. Visit, e-mail macw@ or leave a message at 343-5100 for more information.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 22, 2006
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