Craig Engels Joins Nike Oregon Project

The Nike Oregon Project (NOP) announced via Twitter today that one of the hottest young athletes in the game will join their training group: Craig Engels.

The 23-year-old, formerly of Ole Miss, is one of the most promising middle-distance runners in the country, having placed fourth at the USATF Championships now two years in a row. Last weekend, he was fourth in the 1500m finals in Sacramento with a PB of 3:37.66, which gives him an outside shot at representing Team USA at worlds if he were to run the world standard of 3:36.00 as U.S. champion Robby Andrews does not yet have the standard.  

​Craig Engels reacts after placing fourth in the USATF 1500m final:



Last year, Engels pulled off one of the most memorable doubles of the U.S. Olympic Trials with a fourth-place run in the 800m and a fifth-place finish in the 1500m finals.

Engels' distinctive mustache and mullet look has garnered him social media fame over the past year. NOP's announcement tweet played up the joke with a photo that features Engels in an NOP singlet posing with Galen Rupp, the Rio Olympic marathon bronze medalist, dressed as him in a fake mustache and mullet get-up.


His future teammates at NOP include reigning 1500m Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz.

Engels debuted his Nike kit in the 1500m finals in Sacramento. His agent is Ray Flynn.


As a fifth-year senior for Ole Miss this year, he helped the Rebels win the Distance Medley Relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships. At the outdoor championships, he placed third in the 1500m, though he was the top American as champion Josh Kerr of New Mexico is Scottish and runner-up Justine Kiprotich of MSU is Kenyan.

View a list of where other collegiate athletes have turned pro here.

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Matthew Boling Nominated For 'Record-Breaking Performance' ESPY

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It was the kind of magical performance we rarely see in high school track and field. 

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The Unofficial 2019 Track And Field Mock Draft

Let’s imagine a utopian world where professional track and field was like every major sport, and top prospects wishing to be paid for their services could be selected in an amateur draft. Never mind that a singular league comprised of individual teams could never exist in a sport as disparate as track and field, where various elements of running, jumping and throwing are all encompassed under one roof. We’re not getting caught up in logistics here. So in honor of tonight’s NBA Draft, here is a very fake but totally fun track and field mock draft order for either those who have announced their intentions to go pro in 2019 or, in Matthew Boling’s case, a pre-college 19-year-old who would be age-eligible under the NBA’s rules.

7 Events To Watch At USA Junior Nationals

Women's 800m - Hurta 2:00, Athing Mu 2:01

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The USA Track and Field Junior National Championships is bound to be one of the best meets of the spring season.