Ben Thomas To Lead Oregon Distance Program

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One of the collegiate track and field’s most high-profile jobs is no longer vacant. 

On Monday, the University of Oregon named Ben Thomas the school’s cross country and distance coach. The move fills a void left by Andy and Mauricia Powell who coached Oregon’s men’s and women’s programs for 13 years before leaving for the University of Washington in June.

Thomas coached both the men’s and women’s cross country teams and the distance runners at Virginia Tech since 2001. 

"I am excited to get started in helping the Men and Women of Oregon reach their considerable potential," Thomas said. "I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to help launch a new era at Hayward Field and add to the championship legacy of Oregon track and field and cross country."

In 2017, he was named the men’s assistant coach of the year by the USTFCCCA. The Hokies have shown particular strength in the middle-distance events where in recent years they have produced All-Americans in Rachel Pocratsky, Vincent Ciatti, Drew Piazza, Hanna Green, Neil Gourley and Patrick Joseph. 

The Hokies men’s team won the distance medley relay at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in school history and the school qualified three men to the final of the mile. Outdoors, Ciatti and Pocratsky finished second and fifth in the 1500m at June’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

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At Oregon, Thomas inherits one of the highest-profile jobs in the sport at a unique moment. The Powells have been a bedrock of the Ducks for over a decade and the program will be without the use of their storied home stadium for the next two seasons.

During the Powell era, the Duck men and women won 19 national championships between cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. 

The Ducks are scheduled to bring in high-profile recruits, Brodey Hasty and Josh Hoey this fall and return four of the top five members of a women’s cross country team that placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. Two of those members, Jessica Hull and Lilli Burdon, had breakthrough track seasons. Hull won the 1500m title outdoors and Burdon placed third in the 5000m. 

Big Ten, Pac-12 Call Off Fall Sports

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Two of the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences won’t be competing this fall. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 are suspending fall sports, including cross country, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Stahl, Vetter Post Big Throws In Turku

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The Continental Tour kicked off on Tuesday with the first stop taking place in Turku, Finland. As expected, the throws stole the show.

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How to Watch: 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour | Turku

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Here's how to watch the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour: Turku on FloTrack in the United States.

Ritz-Led On Athletics Club Rolls Out Inaugural Roster

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On Running, the Swiss-based shoe company, just released its full roster for the newly formed On Athletics Club. 

Erriyon Knighton Has Arrived With 200m National Record

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Erriyon Knighton put everyone on notice on Friday. 

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London Marathon To Go Forward As Elite-Only Race On October 4

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Organizers of the postponed 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon announced today that the gala 40th edition their event would proceed as an elite-only race on a closed course within St. James's Park in Central London on Sunday, October 4.  Organizers said that they would create a "secure biosphere," a contained COVID-safe environment, which would allow the race to be run on a small circuit, at least for top athletes.  Citizen runners will only be able to participate remotely, running on their own.

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NCAA Division II/III Fall Championships Canceled

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Fall sports national championships for NCAA Division II and Division III have been canceled. 

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Tamaal Myers Is Ready For His Encore At AAU

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One of the most anticipated races of the AAU Junior Olympic Games this week is led by an athlete that few might know about. 

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Confidence Is Key For Aly Conyers Ahead Of The AAU JO Games

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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AAU Junior Olympic Games Performance Lists

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The 2020 AAU Junior Olympic Games begin on Wednesday, August 5th in Brevard County, Florida. Check out the full schedule for the meet here and see the performance list for all events and age groups below.

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