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The NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships kicked off Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, for the first time since the historic stadium underwent major construction in 2018.

 

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This year's meet offers athletes the opportunity for redemption after the 2020 championships were cancelled due to COVID-19. For some, the meet will also serve as a stepping stone for the USATF Olympic Trials that begin June 18. The trials will also be held at Hayward Field.

The championships will be run through Saturday and can be streamed live on ESPN3. Select events will also be aired on ESPN2 and ESPNU. A full schedule of events can be found here.

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© Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Texas A&M freshman Athing Mu has been one of the biggest stars in track and field this season. Will Athing Mu take down her own record?

Texas A&M's Athing Mu has been one of the best track and field athletes in the world this year. She set the collegiate and American U-20 record in both the 400- and 800-meter races, and she is currently ranked in the top five internationally in both events. While she will not compete in the 800 at the NCAA championships, she will be chasing her collegiate records in the 400 and 4x400-meter relay. The final for both events will be held Saturday with the 400 at 7:02 p.m. ET and the relay at 8:21 p.m. ET.

© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Jun 9, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Kendall Ellis of Southern California (left) defeats Jahyeya Mitchell of Purdue on the anchor of the women's 4 x 400m relay, 3:27.06 to 3:27.13, to clinch the team title during the NCAA Track and Field championships at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-381353 ORIG FILE ID: 20180609_szo_al2_0285.JPG LSU aims to sweep team titles

The LSU Tigers have a long history of success at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, and this year is no exception. The men's team comes into the meet ranked No. 1 in the country and has been dubbed the "overwhelming favorite" to win by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association. It would be the first team victory for the men since 2002. While the women will face more competition from squads like USC and Texas A&M, they also enter the championships favored to win. The last time both LSU teams swept the team title was 1990.

Men's 1,500-meter promises fast times

The difference between the fastest and slowest entry time in the men's 1,500 final is less than five seconds, and the meet record of 3:35.30 is in danger of being broken by multiple runners. The fast field is led by Notre Dame's Yared Nuguse, who broke the collegiate record with his time of 3:34.68 earlier in the season. Freshman Eliud Kipsang from Alabama is right on his heels, coming in with a personal best of 3:35.49. The Olympic standard of 3:35 could be within reach for several of these men. The race begins Friday at 8:11 p.m. ET.  

Showdown in the women's steeplechase

The stacked women's steeplechase field includes 16 athletes who have run faster than the U.S. Olympic Trials standard of 9:50. The event is currently led by BYU's Courtney Wayment, who ran 9:31.37 in April. She will be chasing the Olympic standard of 9:30, but she is far from a lock to win. Three other women have run times under 9:40. The steeplechase final will occur on Saturday at 6:24 p.m. ET.

How far can Tara Davis fly?

After a contentious transfer from the University of Georgia in 2019, junior Tara Davis will compete in her first NCAA Championship as a Texas Longhorn. Earlier this season, Davis had a long jump of 7.14 meters, shattering the 36-year-old collegiate record in the event that was previously held by Jackie Joyner-Kersey. At the 2018 NCAA Championships, Davis placed fifth in the long jump, but she is the favorite to win this year. The event begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET. 

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Full screen 1/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Members of the Southern California Trojans women's 4 x 400 relay embrace after coming from way behind on the final leg to win the event in 3:27.06 and clinch the team title Saturday at the NCAA track and field championships at Hayward Field. From left: Anna Cockrell, Kyra Constantine and Kendall Ellis. 2/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Members of the Southern California Trojans women's team and coach Caryl Smith Gilbert after winning the team title. 3/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Karissa Schweizer of Missouri celebrates after winning the 5,000 in 15:41.58. It was her final race as a collegian. 4/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky wins the 400 hurdles in 53.96. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Keturah Orji of Georgia wins the triple jump at 46-0 3/4 (14.04m). It's her fourth consecutive NCAA outdoor triple jump title. She also won the long jump. 6/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports aggie Ewen of Arizona State celebrates after winning the discus on her throw at 198-5 (60.48m). 7/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Allie Ostrander of Boise State wins the steeplechase in 9:39.28. 8/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Jessica Hull of Oregon (right) celebrates after defeating Nikki Hiltz of Arkansas (left) and Christina Aragon of Stanford to win the 1,500m in 4:08.75. 9/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Lynna Irby of Georgia after winning the 400 in a meet record 49.80. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The LSU women's 4x100 relay take a victory lap after winning in 42.25. From left: Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson, Aleia Hobbs and Rachel Misher. 11/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee,USA TODAY Sports Sammy Watson of Texas A&M holds off Abike Egbenyi of Middle Tennessee to win the 800, 2:04.21 to 2:04.33. 12/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The Southern California Trojans 4x400 relay after setting a collegiate record of 2:59.00 to close out the men's competition Friday at the NCAA track and field championships at Hayward Field. From left: Michael Norman, Ricky Morgan, coach Caryl Smith Gilbert, sprints coach Quincy Watts, Rai Benjamin and Zach Shinnick. 13/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Georgia Bulldogs and coach Petros Kyprianou pose after winning the men's team title. 14/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Michael Norman of Southern California after winning the 400 in a collegiate record 43.61. Slideshow continues on the next slide 15/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Cameron Burrell of Houston wins the 100 in 10.13. 16/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Oliver Hoare of Wisconsin upsets two-time defending champ Josh Kerr of New Mexico in the 1500. Vincent Ciattei of Virginia Tech was second. 17/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Grant Holloway of Florida (center) outleans David Kendziera of Illinois (left) and Daniel Thomas of LSU to win the 110 hurdles. 18/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Tejaswin Shankar of Kansas State wins the high jump at 7-4 1/4 (2.24m). 19/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Rai Benjamin of Southern California wins the 400 hurdles in a collegiate record 47.02, tied for the second-fastest time ever. 20/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Louisa Grauvogel of Georgia clears 5-8 3/4 (1.75m) in the heptathlon high jump. 21/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Isaiah Harris of Penn State celebrates after defeating Michael Arop of Mississippi State and Michael Saruni of UTEP to win the 800. 22/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Allie Ostrander of Boise State qualifies in the 3,000 steeeplechase on Thursday in the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene. Ore. She will be the favorite in Saturday's final. 23/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky qualifies easily in the 400 hurdles. She is a big favorite. 24/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Gabrielle Thomas of Harvard is one of the top qualifiers and favorites to win the 200. 25/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Janeah Stewart of Mississippi wins the hammer with a throw of 239-3 (72.92m). 26/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, KUSA TODAY Sports Elinor Purrier of New Hampshire and Jessica Hull of Oregon lead the pack in a 1,500 qualifying heat. 27/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Sprinters at the gun in semifinal heat of the 100. 28/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Maggie Ewen of Arizona State wins the shot put with a throw of 62-10 3/4 (19.17m). 29/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Sharon Lokedi of Kansas (left) celebrates with Alice Wright of New Mexico after winning the 10,000min a meet record 32:09.20. 30/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Olivia Gruver of Kentucky wins the pole vault at 14-11 (4.55m). 31/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Tim Duckworth of Kentrucky in the discus on his way to the decathlon title. 32/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Harrison Williams of Stanford falls in the 110 hurdles during Day 2 of the decathlon. 33/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Zack Bazile of Ohio State wins the long jump at 27-5 1/2 (8.37m) on the opening day of the NCAA outdoor track and field championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. 34/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Chris Nilsen of South Dakota wins the pole vault at 19-1 1/2 (5.83m). 35/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Anderson Peters of Mississippi State wins the javelin in a meet record 271-9 (82.82m). 36/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Daniel Comenentia of Georgia celebrates after winning the shot put. He also won the hammer. 37/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Ben Flanagan of Michigan wins the 10,000. 38/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Grant Holloway of Florida, the favorite in the 110 hurdles, qualifies comfortably for the final. 39/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Houston's Cameron Burrell takes the baton from Mario Burke on the anchor leg in the semifinals of the 4x100 relay. 40/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Josh Kerr of New Mexico qualifies for the final in the 1,500. 41/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Decathletes begin their two-day, 10-event competition with the 100 meters. 42/42 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Tahar Triki of Texas A&M places eighth in the long jump. 42/42 SLIDES

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It was quite the day for Ms. Opal Lee on Saturday as she celebrated Juneteenth through her annual walk. But it was extra special this year as she also marked the success of June 19 becoming a federal holiday.

From Evans Avenue Plaza to the courthouse downtown, Lee led a crowd as she always has.

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“I’m so grateful for all your beautiful people,” Lee told the crowd.

Known as the Grandmother of Juneteenth, each year she walks 2.5 miles, representing the 2.5 years it took for the news of freedom to reach slaves in Texas.

“This is the beginning of our getting the disparities out of our communities so we can work as one,” Lee said.

In front of the courthouse, the crowd cheered her on and raised both a Juneteenth flag and an American one.

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“As an educator in Fort Worth, it’s just an amazing event to be able to discuss with my students that we can still make history,” attendee Tamika Dees said.

It was apparent Lee’s words reached the crowd.

“Please continue the kinds of things that you know we need to become one people, you hear? It’s not a White thing. It’s not a Black thing. It’s an American thing,” Lee said.

And, as always, her message was clear and hopeful.

“If people can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love,” she said.

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Celebrations like this weren’t just in Texas. People took that 2.5 mile walk in cities across the country, such as Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Detroit.

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