2013 Prefontaine Classic - Distance Night (LIVE BLOG)

2013 Prefontaine Classic - Distance Night (LIVE BL

2013 Prefontaine Classic (Distance Night in Eugene)

Schedule of events on the track (all in Central Time)
9:25 p.m. National Men’s 1,500-meter run
9:34 p.m. National Women’s 800-meter run
9:41 p.m. International Men’s Mile
9:50 p.m. Men’s 10,000-meter run

Prefontaine Classic Records
Men’s 1,500-meter run: 3:32.81+ (in mile) by Kenyan Daniel K. Komen in 2007. 
Men’s Mile: 3:48.28 by Kenyan Daniel K. Komen in 2007.
Men’s 10,000-meter run: 26:25.97 by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele in 2008. 
Women’s 800-meter run:1:57.37 by American Alysia Montaño in 2012. 


What to watch for?
 Is there any magic in Eugene left for the American mile record holder?                   
The sub-four chase for Bernie Montoya continues in the international mile             
 



The Prefontaine Classic gets underway tonight. Chris Chavez here bringing you the latest updates from Eugene with photos, results and quick race recaps. Our coverage will start before the National men's 1,500-meter run. Feel free to interact with comments below or on Twitter by mentioning @Chris_J_Chavez and/or @Flotrack.

9:15 p.m. - Things about to get underway at Hayward Field. First race on the track will be the men's national 1,500-meter run. 

Men's National 1,500-meter run


The mystery of Alan Webb's career continues. Garrett Heath wins the national 1,500-meter run in 3:38.54 . Heath held off Jordan McNamara in the final 50 meters. His final lap was clocked at 57.7. 

Schumacher's Group Struggles: Chris Solinsky's comeback continues as he finishes ninth in 3:42.48. Webb finished tenth in 3:45.59. Andrew Bumbalough placed sixth with his 3:40.51. These performances were not bad, but better performances have been seen from these athletes. 

Women's 800-meter run


Question marks still swirling as Ajee Wilson steps to the line for the women's 800-meter run. Definitely would have been interesting to see her running in tomorrow's section. It would be another young gun leading as Annie LeBlanc took the field on pace through 400-meters. Chanelle Price charged ahead going into the bell lap, but it would be Phoebe Wright for the win in 2:00.85. 



Men's International Mile


James Magut wins the men's International Mile in 3:55.24, but the story coming into the meet was whether Bernie Montoya would break the four-minute barrier. Early into the race, Montoya stuck behind Will Leer. The Cibola High School senior crossed the 809-meter mark at 2:00, which was just six second behind Mark Wieczorek, who led at the time. Going into the bell lap, he crossed at 3:01 and his 60 second last lap just put him at 4:01.71. Leer tied his personal best in 3:56.39. Henrik Ingebrigtsen continued to rock the sunglasses in the race as he took second in 3:44.50. 

Note: Magut and Ingebrigtsen now have the two world leading times. Komen, Leer, and Wheating now have the fourth, fifth, and sixth best times. 

Bernie Montoya and his coach will discuss whether one more sub-four attempt will be made at New Balance Nationals, according to Pat Price of the Daily Relay.



Men's 10,000-meter run
Is Kenenisa Bekele back? Looks like it. 



Update 9:57 - 4:17.7 through the first mile. They're on pace for a 26:37. 
Update 10:02 - 8:05 through 3,000-meters and 8:38 for the two-mile mark.
Update: 10:10 - Through 5,000-meters, Bekele does not get his wish as the pacers go through at 13:33. 

As the gold and silver medalists in the 10,000-meters watched from the sidelines, the next three finishers from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London battled with less than 2,000-meters to go in the 10,000-meter run.

A large pack of twelve runners crossed the 6,800-meter mark in 18:33. Things would start to string out with three laps to go and Bekele sat in second. 

Into the bell lap, Bekele took the lead and would not relinquish it. 27:12.08 was the winning time as Bekele returned to glory at Hayward Field. 56 seconds for the final lap show the 30-year-old still has wheels. A very tactical race was executed as he pushed with thirty meters to go and looked over his left shoulder. It would be Imane Merga creeping up over his right shoulder, but not enough to catch the new world leader. 

Note: 12 of the top 14 times of the year were run in this race. 




Chris Chavez here signing off as we hope you enjoyed our coverage of the first day of the Prefontaine Classic. We will be doing this again tomorrow starting with the women's 400-meter dash. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to reach out to me via Twitter or e-mail.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.

Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational

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The Larry Wieczorek Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa has it all: top professional athletes like Fred Kerley, Olympic champions and world record holders like Aries Merritt, and defending NCAA champions like Mikiah Brisco of LSU. 

Centro Passing On Indoors In 2018

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Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is skipping the indoor season and instead will race outdoors in Australia.