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Pre Classic is Back in Eugene This Weekend

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EUGENE, Ore. – For the first time since 2018, the Nike Prefontaine Classic is back in Eugene at Hayward Field beginning Friday. Eight past Oregon standouts are scheduled to compete including recent Olympic medalists Jenna Prandini and Raevyn Rogers.
 
Prandini won silver in Tokyo with the United States’ 4×100-meter relay and Rogers kicked her way to a bronze medal in the 800 meters. Both will run—Prandini in the 200, Rogers in the 800—Saturday.
 
Ducks at the 2021 Pre Classic:
Friday, August 20
9:12 p.m. – men’s international mile – Sam Prakel
Saturday, August 21
1:33 p.m. – men’s 200 meters – Kyree King
1:48 p.m. – women’s 800 meters – Raevyn Rogers, Sabrina Southerland
2:12 p.m. – women’s 1500 meters – Jessica Hull
2:37 p.m. – men’s 100 meters – Cravon Gillespie
2:45 p.m. – women’s 200 meters – Jenna Prandini
2:52 p.m. – men’s Bowerman mile – Matthew Centrowitz
 
In addition to Prandini and Rogers, the list of UO Olympians competing this weekend includes Hull, Gillespie and Centrowitz.
 
How to Watch:
Friday, August 20
8:40 p.m. – USATF.tv / RunnerSpace PLUS
Saturday, August 21
1:00 p.m. – Peacock Premium
1:30 p.m. – NBC
*all times Pacific
 
Friday’s program will also feature an opening celebration for Hayward Field. After a two-year hiatus from Eugene due to stadium renovation in 2019 and the meet’s cancellation in 2020, this year’s Pre Classic represents the first opportunity since May 2018 for international athletes to compete in front of the Hayward Field faithful.
 
In less than one year’s time, Hayward Field will host the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 (July 15-24) to mark the first time the event will be held in the United States.
 
The Prefontaine Classic is the ninth stop on the Wanda Diamond League tour.
 
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NCAA Champions Named Academic All-Americans

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EUGENE, Ore. – For a second-consecutive year, Carmela Cardama Baez headlines a trio of UO selections to the CoSIDA Academic All-America teams as announced Thursday morning. Cardama Baez earned a spot on the first team while fellow NCAA champions from this past season Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare were voted on to the second team.
 
This marks the 10th time in program history the Ducks have three Academic All-Americans in one season. Oregon has also now had at least one Academic All-America performer in 21 of the past 22 seasons with multiple honors in 14 of those years.
 
Carmela Cardama Baez (3.66/Prevention Science, grad.)

  • 2020-21 Academic All-America First Team
    • First back-to-back first teamer for UO women since Hasay, Kesselring (2012 & 2013)
  • 2021 NCAA champion at 10,000 meters
    • First UO champion in the event since Kathy Hayes (1984)
  • 2021 Pac-12 champion at 10,000 meters
    • Ran meet record of 32:38.73
  • No. 2 in UO history at 10,000 meters (32:16.13) to win NCAA title

 
Cole Hocker (3.31/Undeclared)

  • 2020-21 Academic All-America Second Team
  • Three-time NCAA champion during the 2021 track and field season
    • 1500 meters – outdoor
    • Mile – indoor
    • 3,000 meters – indoor
  • 2021 Pac-12 champion at 5,000 meters
  • The Bowerman finalist
  • Collegiate-record holder in the DMR (9:19.42; 1200m leg)
  • No. 2 in collegiate history in the mile (3:50.55)
  • No. 4 in collegiate history at 1500 meters (3:35.35 – in-season)

 
Cooper Teare (3.37/General Social Science)

  • 2021-21 Academic All-America Second Team
  • Two-time NCAA champion during the 2021 track and field season
    • 5,000 meters – outdoor
    • Distance medley relay (anchor) – indoor
  • 2021 Pac-12 champion at 1500 meters
  • The Bowerman semifinalist
  • Collegiate-record holder in the mile (3:50.39)
  • Collegiate-record holder in the DMR (9:19.42; anchor)
  • No. 2 in collegiate history at 5,000 meters (13:12.27)
  • No. 10 in collegiate history at 1500 meters (3:35.97)

With Thursday’s announcement, Hocker and Teare become the 38th and 39th Academic All-Americans in program history. Overall, the Ducks have collected 59 Academic All-America certificates.

Oregon, as a department, now has four Academic All-Americans from this past spring with Aaron Zavala (baseball) earning first-team honors in July.
 
Full CoSIDA release: Men | Women
 
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Silver Medal for Prandini, Gardner in 4×100

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EUGENE, Ore. – Former UO standout Jenna Prandini won her first Olympic medal Friday, helping Team USA to a silver medal in the women’s 4×100-meter relay. English Gardner, who ran on the qualifying team in the prelims, also earns a silver and becomes the first UO woman with two Olympic medals.
 
Prandini teamed with Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels and Gabby Thomas to get the baton around track in 41.45, trailing only Jamaica (41.02) in the race. Like Gardner did in the preliminary heat, Prandini ran the third leg in the lineup and helped strengthen the team’s hold on second before handing off to Thomas on anchor.
 
Competing in her second Olympics, Prandini was a semifinalist in the 100 and 200 meters earlier in the program. She becomes the seventh UO woman to medal at an Olympic Games.
 
UO Women Olympic Medalists | track and field
1988 – Lisa Martin (AUS), marathon – silver
2012 – Keshia Baker (USA), 4×400 – gold
2016 – English Gardner (USA), 4×100 – gold
2016 – Phyllis Francis (USA), 4×400 – gold
2016 – Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN), heptathlon – bronze
2020 – Raevyn Rogers (USA), 800 – bronze
2020 – Jenna Prandini (USA), 4×100 – silver
2020 – English Gardner (USA) 4×100 – silver
 
In the Ducks’ first final of the day, Jessica Hull (4:02.63) capped her Olympic debut with an 11th-place finish in the 1500 meters. Representing her home country of Australia, Hull leaves Tokyo as the Oceania area record holder by way of her 3:58.81 performance in the semifinals. Hull is the first UO alum to advance to the final of the women’s 1500 meters; Zoe Buckman (AUS) advanced to the semifinals in the event in 2012 and 2016.
 
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Allen Finishes Fourth, Ducks Advance Two to Finals

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EUGENE, Ore. – Devon Allen finished fourth in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles and the Ducks secured two more finalists spots on day seven of the athletics schedule in Tokyo. Aided by a UO school record, Cole Hocker advanced in the 1500 meters while English Gardner helped the United States’ 4×100-meter relay move to the finals.
 
In the second Olympics final of his career, Allen crossed in a time of 13.14—his fastest time of the rounds—and just missed a spot on the podium. The top four runners were separated by just one tenth of a second. The gold went to Hansle Parchment (13.04) of Jamaica. With his performance, Allen improved on his fifth-place finish in 2016. It is the highest UO finish in the event since Martin Hawkins won bronze in 1912.
 
The morning session also featured preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter relays. Gardner, member of the gold-medal winning quartet in 2016, ran the third leg—as she did in Rio—to help the Americans advance to the final. She teamed with Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels and Aleia Hobbs for a time of 41.90, the second fastest of the rounds.
 
The final is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 a.m. (PT) on Peacock. As members of the relay pool, Gardner and Jenna Prandini—semifinalists in the 100 and 200 meters—are both eligible to run a leg.
 
In the men’s relay, Cravon Gillespie ran the anchor leg for Team USA (38.10) that finished with the eighth-fastest time of the first round but Japan (38.16) advanced to the final by way of its third-place automatic qualifying finish in the second heat. The Americans were sixth in heat one, and missed the final at-large spot by two hundredths of a second.
 
Two-time NCAA champion Emmanuel Ihemeje finished 11th overall in the final of the men’s triple jump. He got out to a day’s best of 16.52m/54-2.5 in the second round. Ihemeje, in his Olympics debut, posted his best jump during the qualifying round—16.68m/55-4.75—to advance to Thursday’s final.
 
Running in the first of two heats, Hocker finished second in a new lifetime best of 3:33.87, which surpassed the previous UO mark of 3:34.07 set by James West last September. Hocker’s previous best of 3:35.28 came in his winning performance at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
 
Defending champion Matthew Centrowitz recorded a season-best time of 3:33.69 but with a ninth-place finish in the quicker second heat, he fell short of securing an at-large spot. In that same heat, Abel Kipsang of Kenya ran a time of 3:31.65 to set an Olympic record.
 
Hocker becomes the fourth UO man to advance to an Olympics final in the 1500 meters, joining a list that includes Centrowitz (2012, ’16), Dyrol Burleson (1960, ’64) and Jim Grelle (1960). The final will be run Saturday at 4:40 a.m. (PT).
 
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Allen, Hull Advance to Olympic Finals

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EUGENE, Ore. – Devon Allen and Jessica Hull will run for Olympic gold thanks to their respective efforts on day six of the athletics schedule in Tokyo. Allen posted the second-fastest time in the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles while Hull broke the Oceania area record to advance to the final of the women’s 1500 meters.
 
Allen automatically qualified for the final by stopping the clock in 13.18 to win his heat. This will be Allen’s second appearance in an Olympic final having finished fifth at the 2016 Games in Rio. The time is his second fastest of the season, trailing only a pair of 13.10 marks at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June.
 
The Olympic final in the 110-meter hurdles will go off Wednesday at 7:55 p.m. (PT)—Thursday morning in Tokyo—and will air live on the USA Network. Allen will be joined in the final by American teammate Grant Holloway who had the fastest qualifier (13.13) of the day.
 
Running in first of two semifinals, Hull extended her Olympic debut with a personal best of 3:58.81 to establish an area record for Australia. The former UO standout finished as the fourth-fastest qualifier from the semifinals. Hull entered the Olympics with a lifetime best of 4:00.42 from the ISTAF Berlin meet in September 2020.
 
The Olympic final in the women’s 1500 meters is scheduled for Friday at 5:50 a.m. (PT).
 
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Hull Shines in Olympic Debut

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EUGENE, Ore. – Making her Olympic debut, former UO standout Jessica Hull advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 1500 meters. Jenna Prandini, facing two races on day four of the athletics program, qualified for the semifinals in the women’s 200 meters but missed advancing to the final.
 
Hull recorded a first-round time of 4:05.28, cruising through the finish line—with a smile—to finish in second place in heat two. The outing earned Hull automatic placement into the semifinals. The next round is scheduled for Wednesday at 3 a.m. (PT). Hull enters the Olympics off a personal-best performance of 4:00.73 from a recent Sound Running Sunset Tour stop (July 18) in Mission Viejo, Calif.
 
In her first of two races, Prandini posted a winning time of 22.56 to cruise through heat seven in the 200 meters. With the victory, she advanced to the semifinals where she ran 22.57 to finish fifth in her heat and 13th overall. Prandini was also a semifinalist in the 100 meters earlier in the Olympic program.

Jenna Prandini - Olympics, 200m first round
 
Prandini is also part of the United States’ 4×100-meter relay pool, an event that starts Thursday in Tokyo.
 
Day five of the track and field schedule will feature a medal opportunity for Raevyn Rogers with the finals of the women’s 800 meters. The day will also include opening-round action in the men’s 1500 meters for Cole Hocker and Matthew Centrowitz, 110-meter hurdles for Devon Allen and triple jump for Emmanuel Ihemeje.
 
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#Tokyo2020 Viewing Guide | T&F Day 1

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EUGENE, Ore. – Just over a month removed from securing their spots with Team USA, past UO standouts Jenna Prandini and Raevyn Rogers are featured on the opening day of the track and field schedule in Tokyo. Overall, the Ducks had 15 current or past student-athletes qualify for the Olympic Games.
 
Prandini, making her second appearance in the Olympics, will compete in the 100 and 200 meters—the shorter of the two is up first. Rogers, the 2019 World Championships runner-up, will line up in the 800 meters.
 
Click HERE for live results.
 
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6:25 p.m. – women’s 800 meters | first round
Who: Raevyn Rogers
What: Six heats; top three in each + next six fastest advance to semifinals (7/31)
Watch: NBC/USA | NBCOlympics.com
 
8:15 p.m. – women’s 100 meters | first round
Who: Jenna Prandini
What: Start lists set
Watch: NBC/USA | NBCOlympics.com
 
Broadcast begins at 5 p.m. (PT); there is a 16-hour time difference between Tokyo and Eugene.
 
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Nine Ducks Named to Team USA

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EUGENE, Ore. – With the official roster announcement Tuesday, nine Ducks are set to represent Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. Five of the nine—Devon Allen, Matthew Centrowitz, English Gardner, Jenna Prandini and Galen Rupp—are returning Olympians.
 
Centrowitz (1500 meters) and Gardner (4x100m) are defending Olympic champions, while Rupp is a two-time medalist with a silver at 10,000 meters in 2012 and a bronze in the marathon from 2016.
 
With his selection, Rupp joins 1976 gold medalist Mac Wilkins as a four-time Olympian. Gardner, Prandini and Claire Michel (Belgium) are now the eighth, ninth and 10th multiple-time Olympians for the UO women.  
 
Click HERE for full Team USA release.
 
Additionally, eight other UO standouts have secured spots to the Olympics with their home countries to push the program’s total to 17 for Tokyo. The list features seven Ducks—Cole Hocker, Charlie Hunter, Emmanuel Ihemeje, Aneta Konieczek, Kemba Nelson, Lauri Paredes and Micah Williams—from the 2020-21 team roster.
 
“The Olympic dream is high on the list for many athletes in our program, and those who have come through our program,” UO head coach Robert Johnson said. “We have a large group of Ducks heading to Tokyo this year which makes more than 30 Ducks at the last two Olympics. Kudos are definitely in order to all these athletes who had to deal with the delay from 2020 and navigate the training challenges of the pandemic. We, here in Duck Nation, are extremely proud of them.”
 
There were 18 Ducks at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
 
United States
Devon Allen – 110m hurdles
Matthew Centrowitz – 1500 meters
English Gardner – 4x100m relay pool
Cravon Gillespie* – 4x100m relay pool
Cole Hocker* – 1500 meters
Jenna Prandini – 100 & 200 meters
Raevyn Rogers* – 800 meters
Galen Rupp – marathon
Micah Williams* – 4x100m relay pool
 
Australia
Jessica Hull* – 1500 meters
Charlie Hunter* – 800 meters
 
Belgium
Claire Michel – triathlon
 
Canada
Jillian Weir* – hammer
 
Italy
Emmanuel Ihemeje* – triple jump
 
Jamaica
Kemba Nelson* – 4x100m relay pool
 
Paraguay
Lauri Paredes* – javelin
 
Poland
Aneta Konieczek* – steeplechase
 
* – first-time Olympians
 
While the Games of the XXXII Olympiad—Tokyo 2020—will begin July 23, the track and field schedule starts July 30 and continues through August 8.
 
Any additions to this list should be sent to Zach Lawson ([email protected]). For more news and information about Oregon Track and Field, follow @OregonTF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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#TrackTown20 Viewing Guide | Day 10

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EUGENE, Ore. – The 10th and final day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials begins at 10 a.m. (PT) with the men’s 5000 meters, a final that will include Eric Jenkins and Cooper Teare. In total, Sunday’s program will feature nine Ducks competing in five finals including four UO men in the 1500 meters.
 
Click HERE for full schedule and live results.
 
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10 a.m. – men’s 5000 meters | final
Who: Eric Jenkins, Cooper Teare
Watch: Olympic Channel / NBCOlympics.com
 
3:45 p.m. – men’s long jump | final
Who: Damarcus Simpson
Watch: NBCOlympics.com
 
4:30 p.m. – women’s 800 meters | final
Who: Raevyn Rogers
Watch: NBC / NBCOlympics.com
 
4:40 p.m. – men’s 1500 meters | final
Who: Colby Alexander, Matthew Centrowitz, Cole Hocker, Sam Prakel
Watch: NBC / NBCOlympics.com
 
4:52 p.m. – men’s 200 meters | final
Who: Kyree King
Watch: NBC / NBCOlympics.com
 
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#TrackTown20 Viewing Guide | Day 9

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EUGENE, Ore. – Day nine of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field will put a focus on past UO standouts in their journey to Tokyo. Saturday’s afternoon program will feature seven finals including Olympics bids on the line for Devon Allen in the 110-meter hurdles, Jenna Prandini in the women’s 200 meters and Jasmine Todd in the women’s long jump.
 
Television coverage begins at 6 p.m. (PT) on NBC. In the first event of the two-hour window, Allen will line up in the semifinals of his signature event; the final will then be run to close out the broadcast. Dedicated links for field events will also be available at NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
 
Click HERE for full schedule and live results.
 
FOLLOW THE DUCKS
6:03 p.m. – 110m hurdles | semifinals
Who: Devon Allen
What: Two heats; top three in each heat + next two fastest advance to final (7:51 p.m.)
Watch: NBC
 
6:30 p.m. – women’s long jump | final
Who: Jasmine Todd
What: Three jumps each, then top eight get three more
Watch: NBCOlympics.com
 
7:24 p.m. – women’s 200 meters | final
Who: Jenna Prandini
Watch: NBC
 
7:33 p.m. – men’s 200 meters | semifinals
Who: Kyree King
What: Two heats; top three in each heat + next two fastest advance to final (6/27 – 4:52 p.m.)
Watch: NBC
 
7:51 p.m. – 110m hurdles | final
Who: TBD
Watch: NBC
 
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