The World Athletics Championships that ran from July 15-24 in Eugene provided local track and field fans with a unique opportunity to enjoy these athletes in the renovated Hayward Field.

Among those in the stands were Philomath High School athletes and their head coach.

“Many of our cross-country and track athletes attended one or more sessions, but most simply watched on TV,” Joe Fulton, Philomath High’s veteran coach, was quoted as saying in a story penned by Doug Binder of

“But whether feeling the unique atmosphere of Hayward with athletes and fans from 192 nations milling about or being able to see the determination of athletes up close on the television, I am sure the meet had an impact on many of my athletes,” Fulton continued. “It certainly had a profound impact on me.”

Fulton said seven PHS team members participated in the flag relay at the meet’s Opening Ceremonies and others watched from the stands.

Binder’s story focused on the impact of the World Athletics Championships on high school and college athletes.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.