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Eugene, Ore.

� Brian Brown's luggage might be lost, but his vision for the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines is not.After travel complications left Brown in Denver during the week, he finally arrived in Eugene for this year's outdoor nationals at Oregon's Hayward Field.Brown, the co-meet director for the national championships that will be held at Drake University from June 23-26 next summer, was still waiting for his luggage on Saturday.He and three counterparts are in Eugene and focused.

They're jotting notes, snapping photos and meeting with USA Track and Field officials to prepare for next year's championships."As I look around, we are positioned very nicely to host the championships," Brown said.

"One of the things we have to be cognizant of is that our venues are just different."Brown said Drake doesn't have the space of Hayward Field but he and Mark Kostek, an assistant athletic director at Drake and co-director of next year's meet, hope to take home a few ideas."We want to be the best that we can," he said.

"We want the athletes to feel like they want to come back.

We know the fans will be there, we know our infrastructure is sound, we know that we can put on a great track meet, but we want to make the athletes feel like they're appreciated."Kostek, who was with Brown in Eugene last summer for the Olympic Trials, said Oregon has made this year's nationals an event rather than simply a competition - what he hopes will happen in Des Moines."They have an area here where people can come and be a part of the event, but not have to have a ticket to get in," Kostek said.

"I like that opportunity.

That's something I brought home last year from the Trials and said, 'How can we maybe make that work in Des Moines?' "Drake sports information director Mike Mahon and Al Lorenzen also came to Eugene.Lorenzen, the vice president of sports and development at the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, has spent his time in meetings, but he has also taken tours, shot about 60 photos of the layout of the event and even spent about two hours in the stands to experience the point of view of fans."These guys do it right," Lorenzen said of Oregon.

"I'm not above at all looking at what they're doing out here and getting ideas.

They've set the bar pretty high and now it's Des Moines' job and our job to try to make sure we live up to that."Tickets for next year's nationals are on sale at or by calling the Drake ticket office at (515) 271-3647.

An all-sessions ticket can be purchased for $100.
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