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Souring to the next level

Coachable, confident state high jump champ Keith Drapeau signs with Oregon track and field

ELGIN — Oregon’s jaw-dropping recruiting pitch sold Keith Drapeau in a heartbeat.

Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. — which has been the home of legends such as Steve Prefontaine, Ashton Eaton, Galen Rupp, Alexi Pappas and others throughout the years, in addition to hosting the NCAA outdoor track and field championships each spring — was being torn down this past summer on the Elgin high jumper’s official visit, but the storied track and field venue’s rebirth when renovations are complete in March of 2020 captivated Drapeau.

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