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Before the meet, Oregon coach Robert Johnson calmly walked into the coaches' only section of the new Hayward Field, sat down and watched some of his team warm up, in the finest track stadium that this writer has ever seen.

Let me make this clear. I loved the old Hayward Field. I sat in the old east stands and watched Mike Roche lead Doug Brown, then Henry Marsh in the ill fated 1980 Olympic Trials steeplechase. I sat with the Aggie track club in those hallowed stands for several Olympic Trials and many Pre Meets.

I roared in the press area, year after year, at Pre Classics when almost each event gave us a world leader.

That stadium is gone.

This modern stadium, at a cost of nearly $300 million dollars, much donated by Nike co founder Phil Knight and his wife, gives the University of Oregon one of the finest, if not the finest, athletic stadium in the world. It is a sanctuary of sport, a Notre Dame cathedral built in honor of Duck heroes. The three (at least) pictures of Rudy Chapa, the stunning modern street art of Steve Prefontaine creates icons of the athletes, much like stained glass celebrates saints in an old cathedral. And many Oregon track & field heroes are celebrated in what will become a legacy to American track & field.

I enjoyed my first meet in the new Hayward Field. I also missed some of the old stadium as well.

But, that is to be expected. A lifetime of memories were created for many in the old stadium. I hope fans will keep an open mind about the new Hayward Field.

It did not replace the old Hayward Field, nothing can do that. The new Hayward Field builds on the firm foundation of the old athletic field.

And now on to an epic Twilight meet!

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The next stop on the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour gold label event is the USATF Golden Games, to be held on 9 May, this coming Sunday.

Photo 01-05-2021, 21 43 48.jpgMixed relay, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 2021

Photo 01-05-2021, 21 23 19.jpgMixed relay, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 2021

In story 6, Stuart Weir opines on the mixed 4x400 relay. This is his last piece on Silesia 2021.

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British 4x400, Clark, Turner, Pipi, Knight, photo by Dan Vernon, World Athletics

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Ama Pipi, 4x400, photo by Dan Vernon, World Athletics

In story 5, Stuart Weir writes on Team GB in Silesia.

Davide Re Italy Mixed 4 by 400.jpgDavide Re, Italy, Mixed 4 by 400, Photos by © Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 21

Netherlands 4 X 400.jpg4 by 400, 1 NETHERLANDS 3:03.45, Photos by © Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 21

The theme in Silesia was qualifying teams for 2021 Olympics and 2022 World Championships, the focus of story 4 by Stuart Weir.

Italy 4 by 100.jpg4x100m, 1 ITALY 43.79 SB, Photos by © Dan Vernon for World Athletics

South Africa 4 by 400.jpg4x100m, 1 SOUTH AFRICA 38.71, Photos by © Dan Vernon for World Athletics

Here's the top 3 in all the events at the World Relays, by Stuart Weir in story 3.

Dafne Schippers.jpgDafne Schippers, Photos by © Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 21

Happy Cubans.jpgHappiest Quartet: The Cuban ladies who won the 4 by 400, Photos by © Dan Vernon for World Athletics

In story 2, Stuart Weir features the Good, the not so Good and only time will tell.

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Italian joy at Women's 4x400m, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 2021

In story 1, Stuart Weir introduces the World Relays in Silesia.

Trayvon Bromell 9.88 WL

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As he continues to build fitness, Trayvon Brommell is surpassing his fitness in 2016.

His 9.88 win over this past weekend shows that his attention to detail and the thoughtful approach by Coach Rana Reider are building Trayvon towards exciting things.

Trayvon  Bromell.jpgTrayvon Bromell, Photo by New Balance

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W4x400m, © Dan Vernon for World Athletics/ World Athletics Relays Silesia 21

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