This Spring I began working for TrackTown USA, a non-profit organization committed to settling a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans.
The highlight of my internship was being able to engage with world class athletes at the Prefontaine Classic, the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships in which Oregon took the crown in both the mens and women's division and the USA Outdoor Championships. Working with a team of 3 other students from The University of Oregon, our job was to manage all of TrackTown USA's social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. My primary duty was to compile athlete quotes before, during, and after events in mixes zone; an area where the media is allowed to interview athletes after competition. After interviewing athletes, I would transcribe their responses and pull out quotes for TrackTown USA's website and social media platforms as well as other media outlets in which these flash quotes could be used publicly in the media.
This has been an awesome learning experience for me that I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. I love the culture and passion for TrackTown USA that exists in the small city of Eugene, Oregon and it's really cool seeing athletes from all other the country and overseas show the same level of appreciation. Working at Hayward Field has truly been a dream come true. I remember running track in high school and thinking about the magic that exists at Hayward Field and it's crazy that I'm now here as an influential component of the TrackTown USA team.