It was Hayward Field For other uses of “Hayward”, see Hayward (disambiguation).
Hayward Field at University of Oregon is one of the most well-known historic track and field stadiums in the United States. It has been the home to the University of Oregon Track and Field teams since 1919. men’s Prefontaine Classic The Prefontaine Classic is one of the premier track and field meets in the United States. Every year it draws a world caliber field to compete at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. History
The first annual Prefontaine Classic took place in 1974. .
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“I said it would happen on the first throw,” said Deal, the Eugene resident and 1996 silver medalist at the Atlanta Games who correctly forecast Murofushi’s record-breaking performance.
It did, when Murofushi – who has been training in Eugene with Deal and world-renowned hammer coach Stewart Togher – threw 268-2.
Murofushi’s impressive series consisted of throws of 271-2, 269-11, 269-10, 269-6 and 268-2, which ranked first, third, fourth, sixth and 10th in the world’s top 10 hammer performances for 2004.
“I had the confidence,” said Murofushi, whose toss of 278-5 in 2003 stands as the third-longest throw in history.
Asked about breaking Deal’s records, Murofushi offered a shy grin and said, “Lance is the one who throws far, who knows the hammer. Hopefully, I will learn more.”
Deal said that if anyone was going to erase his records, “I’m glad it was Koji. He showed consistency, and I expect him to throw 2 or 3 meters (up to 9 feet-plus) farther.”
James Parker, the defending U.S. champion who trains with Murofushi and under the Togher-Deal guidance system, recorded a personal record of 255-2 to finish second.
Parker was inspired by Murofushi’s series.
“To see it go that far, it shows what is humanly possible,” he said. “Koji is the best in the world.”
In the men’s shot put competition, Christian Cantwell threw 71-4 to win and Adam Nelson was second at 70-6 1/2 . They were the two athletes in the competition to throw past 70 feet.
“I didn’t get into Eugene until 2 a.m. this morning,” said Cantwell, who won the Titan Games in Atlanta on Friday night, then flew to Oregon.
“I’ll take 71-4. This was OK,” said Cantwell, who is the world leader in his event with a 73-11 1/2 performance in Portland two weeks ago. “Not great but not (bad). Next year, I’ll do better for the Hayward fans.”
Koji Murofushi tossed the hammer 271 feet, 2 inches to break the Prefontaine Classic record and set a world best for the year.