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Prefontaine Classic Turns Into Oregon Ducks Family Affair, Hasay and Rupp Return

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Two former Oregon Ducks return to Hayward Field to Compete This Weekend

photo - ElasticNovice

Oregon’s Steve Prefontaine in competition  photo – ElasticNovice

The Prefontaine Classic is a showcase of some of the best Track and Field athletes on the planet and this year the University of Oregon and Oregon Ducks will be well represented in two key races with the return of some well known alumni in 10,000 Meter runner Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay who will take part in the to mile run. It will be Hasay’s first race in front of the ‘hometown’ crowd since she turned professional following last season with the Oregon Ducks.

Rupp, who dazzled the crowd in 2012 who will be remembered for going neck and neck with former Washington Alum and well known sprinter Barnard Legat will look to add to his collection of records. The 2012 Olympic Silver medalist has reportedly asked for a faster pace and will look to break his own record in the event of twenty six minutes and forty five seconds. The Portland native is on a roll and has already set two American records this year along with exchanging records with Legat over the last few years.

Aside from Oregon Ducks Alums Rupp and Hasay there are other notable names to watch in the 40th Prefontaine Classic this weekend. A name that many will remember from the 2012 Olympic Trials is Justin Gatlin, who is the fastest man in the world this year at 9.87 seconds. Nesta Carter, who is one of the few to have beaten Gatlin will also compete over the weekend. On the Women’s side another familiar name is on the heat list.

Galen Rupp lunges past the finish line in the 5,000m on his way to London (US Presswire)

Galen Rupp lunges past the finish line in the 5,000m on his way to London (US Presswire)

Allison Felix makes her return to Hayward following the 2012 Olympic Trials to compete in the Women’s 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic. It will be a weekend filled with known athletes and always knowledgeable and supportive crowd. That is what makes any event at Hayward Field special.

This weekend’s events start on Friday with free admission, the 10,000 meter race will close out the evening. Rupp and Hasay are two of the most decorated athletes to compete for Oregon Ducks in recent years. I will be looking forward to watching the competition on Friday night under the lights. For more details on the Prefontaine Classic, visit their website.

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