Hot off the press from Eugene ,Oregon ,this preview from Ronnie Gourley as Luke Traynor, Nikki Manson and Neil Gourley prepare for action at the NCAA Finals
“Here in Eugene – or Tracktown USA as it’s widely known – they’re gearing up for the annual NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association) Track and Field Championships.
I think it’s safe to say that Giffnock North are the only Scottish and, almost certainly, British club who can lay claim to having no fewer than three athletes competing over the four days of competition from 7-10 June. Nikki Manson (High Jump, Akron University), Luke Traynor (10000m, Tulsa) and Neil Gourley (1500m, Virginia Tech) have all made it through the extremely tough qualifying process to make it here.
To qualify each had to post one of the best 48 performances in either the East or West ‘side’ of the United States to make it through to Regionals where those 48 was whittled down to the 12 best from each region to compose the ‘semi finals’ which take place here on Wednesday for the men and Thursday for the women. However, in both Luke’s and Nikki’s events it’s straight finals on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.
For those wishing to follow the results ‘live’ they can be seen at the link below, whilst those able to access the range of ESPN channels may be able to watch what will undoubtedly be an extremely high standard featuring many future Olympians.
It is hoped to provide brief updates over the next few days.
Greeting from Oregon – wish you were here! “
Best wishes winging their way to Nikki, Luke and Neil from all at Giffnock North