Best Track Venue in the United States Bracket - Round of 8
After the first round of voting, the top 16 tracks in the country have been narrowed down to 8. There were no upsets in the first round, but the elite 8 poses some really interesting match-ups, so let's get into it!
Round of 8: voting ends January 18
Round of 4: voting ends January 22
Championship: voting ends January 26
#1 Hayward Field vs #8 Icahn Stadium
To no one's surprise, Hayward Field advanced to the round of 8 with a resounding victory over Griswold stadium. The home of the Ducks is now matched up against one of the best tracks on the east coast: Icahn Stadium. Hayward has the Prefontaine Classic and numerous US and NCAA championships while Icahn has played host to the Adidas/Reebok Grand Prix as well as its own fair share of world records. More information about Hayward Field here. More information on Icahn Satdium here
#4 Mount Sac vs #5 Drake Stadium
This might be the most anticipated match up of the elite 8. Both Mount Sac and Drake have been integral to the US track and field scene having hosted many of the US championships that aren't in Eugene. Both boast a rich history with the Drake Relays and Mt.Sac Relays. The major difference between the two is Mount Sac's major renovation it received in the last two years. More information on Mount Sac here. More information on Drake Stadium here
#2 The Armory vs #7 BU Indoor
A battle of two of the best indoor tracks in the country! The Armory is steeped in history while the BU indoor track has established itself as the go-to place for collegiate and professional runners to race fast. So, do you prefer the Millrose Games or the BU Valentine? More information on BU Indoor here. More information on the Armory here.
#3 Franklin Field vs #6 Michael Johnson Track
These two tracks couldn't be more different but thats what makes this match-up so compelling. Will the uniqueness of the Michael Johnson track be enough to topple Franklin Field, home of the historic Penn Relays? More information on Franklin Field here. Video of Michael Johnson track here.