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The news for members of the Oregon Track and Field family continues to be good. With winning their first team title just a few weeks ago the mojo from the Men of Oregon has been sent to a former Oregon Ducks Track Alum, Galen Rupp. Following an electrifying run and win last month at the […]
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Two former Oregon Ducks return to Hayward Field to Compete This Weekend
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.
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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Former Oregon runner Galen Rupp was named the USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday after breaking the 5,000 meter American men’s indoor record last week.
Rupp, who competed collegiately from 2004-2009, ran 13:01.26 at the Boston University Multi-Team Meet on Thursday, Jan. 16, shattering the previous record of 13:07.00, set by Lopez Lomong last year. Rupp battled with former NCAA cross country champion Sam Chelanga for the majority of the race before breaking away with just over 400 meters to go. Chelanga also ran under the previous record, finishing in 13:04.35.
Cam Levins also broke the Canadian record during the race, running 13:19.16, which was good for third place. You can watch the full race here.
Rupp’s time ranks eighth all-time indoors, with Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele still topping the list with a time of 12:49.60. The next time Rupp is scheduled to compete is during the men’s two-mile run on Jan. 25 at the Boston University Terrier Invitational.
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The accolades keep rolling in for Edward Cheserek, as the USA Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named the Oregon distance star the Division I men’s cross country National Athlete of the Year on Tuesday. It was just the second time since the award’s birth in 1994 that an Oregon cross country runner has been named the athlete of the year, as Galen Rupp took home the honors in 2008.
Cheserek became the first freshman in Oregon history to win the NCAA cross country individual title after a decisive win this past Saturday at Terre Haute, Ind. Behind Cheserek’s performance, the Ducks were able to net a fifth-place team finish.
Cheserek won four of the six races he entered this season, including victories at the Pac-12 championships, West Region championships and the NCAA championships. Other honors Cheserek earned include the Pac-12 Athlete of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and first-team all conference.
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The University of Oregon has a strong tradition of producing the nation’s best distance runners. Galen Rupp added to that tradition on Saturday in London, earning a silver medal in the 10,000 meters for the United States. It is the first time in 48 years that an American has won a medal in the event. The last to do it? Billy Mills at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Right from the start, defending Olympic gold medalist Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia jumped to the front of the pack to set the early pace with Great Britain’s Mo Farah tucking in behind Bekele. Rupp took a more conservative approach to the start, settling into the middle of the pack. With eight laps to go, Rupp had moved his way up into fourth place. The lead pack tightened with two laps remaining, but Rupp had already put himself into good position for a spot on the medal stand.
At the bell, Farah surged into the lead, daring anyone to come with him. After 27 minutes of racing, Rupp was among the select few bold enough to answer Farah’s blistering kick. On the final curve, Rupp swung wide to the outside to move into third place. But Rupp wasn’t settled with bronze. In the final 100 meters, Rupp surged past Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele to take home the silver medal, finishing in 27:30.90 right behind Farah, who took gold with a winning time of 27:30.42.
“To be able to go 1-2 with my training partner and one of my best friends, I couldn’t be happier with the way the race went,” said Rupp.
Tariku, the brother of Kenenisa, rounded out the top three with a time of 27:31.43. Kenensia was denied his third straight Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters as he finished fourth in 27:32.44.
When the race ended, Farah and Rupp celebrated together, both in shock and awe at what had just occurred. Equally as ecstatic was their coach Alberto Salazar. Farah and Rupp both train together in Portland, Oregon under Salazar. The training partners are close friends off the track as they find time to squeeze in a friendly round of video games between training runs.
Rupp’s finish accomplished the main goal of the Nike Oregon Project, a training group led by Salazar. The project was launched by Nike in 2001 by Tom Clarke after he was dissatisfied with the performance of American athletes since the 1980s, when Salazar won the New York City Marathon three years in a row from 1980-1982. The ultimate goal of the group was to prove that an American could defeat the great distance runners from Africa at the Olympic level.
That is exactly what Rupp accomplished, out-kicking the Bekele brothers to cement his place in American distance running history.
Stay tuned for continued coverage from Oregonians at the track at the Olympics, including decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton, and Olympic Trials champion Nick Symmonds in the 800 meters.
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If you are tired of showers and thunderstorms, take heart because today is their last day to hang over Oregon. Look for plenty of sunshine Friday and continuing through at least the first half of next week.
A closed low (brown circle) slid south from Canada through Oregon on to the California/Oregon border, where it will stay a while, and then start to migrate north and east today as it continues to bring us more clouds and the chance of showers or thunderstorms as it rotates the air around it from southeast to northwest. A weak cold front will slide though Saturday with clearing skies and warmer temperatures behind it. We will dry out and warm up as we head into the weekend and next week.
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