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4/19/07 -

EUGENE - 4/19/07 - With just one week until the 4th annual XO Invite storms Hayward Field, the biggest high school invite in the Northwest begins to rear it’s head as some final details are cemented into place.

Following tradition, XO will highlight a local band that will provide entertainment during the official’s break and several of the distance races.  XO is fortunate this year to have Natural Progression as our guest band.  A relatively new group on the scene, NP was started in the fall of ’05 and their unique blend of hip hop, jazz, and rock attracts a huge following wherever they perform.  With the goal to “uplift the spirit of the people with their music amidst a time of chaos,” NP attracted 700 to their most recent show! 

A grand welcome goes to what will hopefully be the start of a new XO tradition.  Five schools from our northern neighbor will be battling for what is becoming the most coveted trophy in the northwest.  Camas, Capital, Centralia, Curtis, and Lewis & Clark will all be making trips from Washington to vie for the coed championship.

XO is very excited to unveil a new schedule at this year’s meet.  In an attempt to draw even more fan support from a town already addicted to Hayward Field, XO has created a brand new High Performance section that will feature only “A” sections of races during the second half of the meet.  This condenses the highest quality of the fields into a shorter time slot where most of the meet’s points will be scored.  The teams will enjoy racking up points in a rapid succession, and the fans will enjoy a fast-paced high energy meet peppered with live band music and African drums pounding away during the several of the later events under the brand new lights installed for the 2008 Olympic Trials!

If you plan to be in town for the weekend, remember to stop by Hayward to cheer on the start of the first annual Eugene Marathon.  The marathon course snakes its way around Eugene and part of Springfield finding its way from Hayward to Autzen Stadium and will include over 4000 participants in this year’s field, some of whom will by aiming for Olympic Trials qualifying marks! 

A brief reminder that the entry deadline for individuals is Monday, April 23rd  at 11:00pm through  Coaches must submit entries in time so that we can finalize fields for the High Performance sections as early as possible. 

Lastly, will be webcasting a blog throughout the meet at  Team XO thanks all participating schools, athletes, and coaches for the energy and commitment you bring to the track and field and looks forward to another memorable meet on the 28th! 

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Team XO was founded and created by former University of Oregon Track Athletes. We are located in Eugene, Oregon, home of historic Hayward Field and Track Town USA, as all of you already know. The team is comprised of primarily post collegiate athletes that train in the state of Oregon or graduated from the University of Oregon. Team XO has been created for elite post collegiate Track & Field / Cross Country athletes looking to continue their athletic career, while competing at the highest possible level. Although creation remains in the early stages, the vision is clear. We look to provide a home and unified team atmosphere where driven, elite athletes can work together to achieve success both individually and as a team. We are always looking to expand our team with even more talented athletes that share the same drive and passion that it takes to excel at the highest level. In doing this, we look to become the premier Track & Field Team in the Nation.

Off the track, field and trail, we try and extend our vision of the way we feel our sport should be. We host an elite team high school track meet at Hayward Field called the XO Invite, direct and coach a fun low cost athletic kid’s camp called the XO Athletic Camp, and volunteer hundreds of hours a year in our community.







This year's Invited Teams
Large Size Schools
David Douglas
Lewis and Clark
North Salem
South Eugene

Medium Size Schools
Catlin Gabel

Small Size Schools
Damascus Christian
Horizon Christian
Portland Waldorf

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