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Saves the Day, Can Nick Symmonds lead track & field athletes to the Promised Land? by Jon Gugala, note by Larry

Saves the Day, Can Nick Symmonds lead track & field athletes to the Promised Land? by Jon Gugala, note by Larry

Saves the Day Can Nick Symmonds lead track and field athletes to the Promised Land? by Jon Gugala It's Friday night. Nick Symmonds calls to ask if I'd like to come over and watch him clean his guns. Symmonds, the six-time national champion at the 800 meters (2007, '10, Indoors; 2008-'11, Outdoors), answers the door in a white v-neck undershirt and baggy basketball shorts. I follow him to the dining room where on the table are a rifle and a nine-millimeter pistol in various states of disassembly, the cleaning gear scattered about. Symmonds lives in a house near one of the highest points in Springfield, Ore., just across from Eugene, and as we sit down, we look out through the picture windows southwest across the river to the University of Oregon and Hayward Field, the site of his two Prefontaine Classic 800m wins and three of his four consecutive outdoor championship titles...

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