Surprised at the response here. OP isn’t saying this is the worst thing the program could do. It’s just another domino of UofO being bad for the sport with high ticket prices and not embracing a local ‘TrackTownUSA’ community that is a major appealing thing for these athletes attending Oregon.
I can’t find ticket prices for Oregon Twilight, but OSAA meet is $19 plus fees for this weekend. For a high school state meet that’s easily the most expensive in the country when it’s just parents. They couldn’t fill out the stands for Worlds and prices were then insane. Local fans should feel annoyed about the direction the track programs went in the last 5 years. College runners embrace local track or youth clubs and stuff all the time. A wave isn’t asking for much, so frustration from everything else that’s changed make sense to me.
Having USAs at Hayward used to be a huge part of the Trials. Now US pros ask for other places to be considered and don’t enjoy going there for championships. It’s different