USA Track & Field Championships: 10 Things You Need to Know Before the Event

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USA Track & Field Championships: 10 Things You Need to Know Before the Event
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If you’re like me, you’ve spent the spring and summer months watching every track meet you can find on TV—from the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma to the Diamond League events in Oslo, Norway—getting psyched for the upcoming World Championships.

If you’re more like a sane person, you may have watched the last World Championships in 2009, and you may watch in 2011, but you haven’t really been paying attention to track and field since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and probably won’t catch up again until the 2012 London Olympics.

But just in case you do find yourself watching ESPN2, Universal and/or NBC this weekend and settle on the USA Track & Field Championships, here is a mini viewer's guide for the festivities at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.—the 10 things you should know going into 2011's biggest track meet on American soil.

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