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Sponsor-Less Ore. Track Classic Canceled

April 19, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The Oregon Track Classic, one of two elite international track meets held in the state, has been canceled because organizers have no title sponsor.

Adidas, the sponsor since 1994, decided in November to end its sponsorship, organizers said.

The meet has been held at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham for the last four years. Before that, it was staged for 10 years at Lewis & Clark College.

This year’s Oregon Track Classic was scheduled for May 14.

``We had hoped to attract a new sponsor to replace longtime sponsor Adidas but the timing was less than ideal for 2005,″ meet director Paul Banta said in a statement. ``The good news is that we have received interest from companies about sponsoring the Oregon Track Classic in 2006.

``We are working to have a new title sponsor in place by this summer.″

The Oregon Track Classic was part of the Golden Spike Tour, now known as the Visa Championship Series.

The cancellation means the United States will host just two IAAF Grand Prix events, the Prefontaine Classic and the Payton Jordan U.S. Open on May 30 at Stanford.

The Prefontaine Classic, held at Eugene’s Hayward Field, is scheduled for June 4.

``It’s disappointing, because that meet was one of the few avenues for American athletes and international athletes to compete in the U.S.,″ Prefontaine director Tom Jordan said. ``Paul worked very hard to get the meet to a world class level.″

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