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Guess who is alongside Edward Cheserek on the entry list for the Oregon Relays 5k? Oregon track & field rundown

Published Jan 01, 0001

Ex-Ducks Matthew Centrowitz and Luke Puskedra are among the 5,000 entries.

If the early entries hold, the three-day Oregon Relays should conclude with a bang on Saturday night at Hayward Field.

Entries can change, but at the moment the meet is expected to end at 7:50 p.m. with the Bill McChesney Jr. men's 5,000 meters featuring Matthew Centrowitz, Cam Levins and Luke Puskedra of the Nike Oregon Project, along with Oregon freshman star Edward Cheserek and UO transfer Eric Jenkins, an All-American at Northeastern last year.

If Cheserek and Jenkins do, in fact, run, it will be their first appearances at Hayward in Oregon uniforms.

What more can be said about Cheserek? He already has NCAA individual titles in the 2013 cross country championships, and the 3,000 and 5,000 at last month's NCAA Indoor Championships.

It should be a good show, even if Centrowitz, Levins and Puskedra run this thing as a training exercise.

Centrowitz and Puskedra are former UO athletes who should be remembered warmly by the Oregon crowd.

Centro won a NCAA title in the 1,500 as a Duck in 2011 before going on to medal at the World Outdoor Championships and place fourth in the 2012 Olympics in the 1,500 final.

Here are the entry lists for the Oregon Relays.

Here is the preliminary meet schedule for the Oregon Relays.

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The Oregon men and women retain their spots in the top five of the USTFCCCA rankings.

U.S. ace Brigetta Barrett to duel Russian gold medalists in the Prefontaine Classic high jump.

World's best leap into the Pre Classic.

Oregon redshirt Cullen Prena maps out a plan for this summer's World Junior Championships.

Eugene to bid for the 2019 World Outdoor Championships.

Writing in Runner's World, Roger Robinson's analyzes Mo Farah's first marathon, and where the future might lead.

Wilson Kipsang says, for Farah to be successful in the marathon he must commit to it.

Farah won' t make any immediate decisions about the summer.

In the Daily Relay, Jesse Squire says new legislation that would strictly define the kinds of meets in which Division I athletes could qualify for the NCAA Championships is dead on arrival. 

Paul Merca's Northwest notes about track & field.

Usain Bolt says his foot is fine, and he can run even faster.

The Kansas' Relays downtown shot competition has turned into quite a show.

Nick Willis' Michigan Track Classic will showcase a strong field of mid-distance runners.

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Ato Boldon interviews Genzebe Dibaba. IAAF video.

Update on KIMba Athletics' documentary about Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile.

High schoolers Blake Haney and Alexa Efraimson shine at Arcadia.

The caffeine has kicked in at Flotrack, where the Run Junkie guys are in hyper form as they riff on NCAA legislation about college track, the Boston Marathon, the Mount SAC Relays and other matters.

Day 20 of Larry Eder's excellent adventure finds him in Boston, with Shalane Flanagan on his mind.

The latest edition of Portland Track Weekly.

The prosecution ends its cross examination of Oscar Pistorius.

Pistorius' defense is crumbling.

Concordia athletes Matthew Clowes and Emma Buchholz are honored by the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

George Fox enjoys a big first day in the Northwest Conference multi-events competition.

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The links package from Track & Field News.

Runner's World's daily wrap of racing news.

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The Oregon men and women retain their spots in this week's USTFCCCA rankings

Published Jan 01, 0001

Edward Cheserek is expected to make his first appearance in an Oregon uniform at Hayward Field on Saturday.

The Oregon men remained No. 2 and the UO women remained No. 4 in the most recent USA Track & Field and Cross Country Association computer rankings, released Tuesday.

The Ducks would love to sweep this year's men's and women's team titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 11-14 at Hayward Field on the UO campus.

The rankings, which are meant to determine teams' chances in the national meet, make such a sweep seem possible.

Florida tops the men's rankings, followed by Oregon, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Florida State.

Texas A&M leads the women's rankings, followed by Florida, Texas, Oregon and Georgia.

The Ducks swept this year's NCAA Indoor Championships. But the Oregon men last won a NCAA championship outdoors in 1984, and the women last won one in 1985.

The Ducks compete at home this week in the three-day Oregon Relays, which begin with multi-event competition on Thursday.

UO freshman phenom Edward Cheserek, who won the NCAA cross country title, and NCAA indoor championships in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, is scheduled to run the 5,000 on Saturday evening.

Early entry lists aren't gospel. If he runs, it will be Cheserek's first appearance at Hayward Field as a Duck.

Here is the complete release on this week's USTFCCCA rankings.

-- Ken Goe

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Brigetta Barrett to duel gold medalists Anna Chicherova and Svetlana Shkolina in the Pre high jump

Published Jan 01, 0001

Anna Chicherova won the 2012 Olympic gold medal and owns the Hayward Field record.

Brigetta Barrett, the U.S. star who won silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2013 World Outdoor Championships, is expected to contend with two Russian gold medalists in the high jump at this year's Prefontaine Classic.

Anna Chicherova is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and owns the Hayward Field record of 6 feet, 7 1/2 inches.

Svetlana Shkolina won the gold medal at the 2013 World Outdoor Championships, and was a bronze medalist in London in 2012.

Barrett is a three-time NCAA champion from Arizona who set the all-time collegiate best last season of 6-6 1/4.

This year's Prefontaine Classic will be held May 30-31 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Here is the complete release from the Prefontaine Classic.

-- Ken Goe

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Vin Lananna and Eugene take another step toward the 2019 World Outdoor Championships; Oregon track & field rundown

Published Jan 01, 0001

A Eugene bid seems improbable, but don't bet against Lananna.

Maybe it's a Robert Kennedy quote that best sums up Vin Lananna's quixotic quest to bring the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships to Eugene.

Kennedy said: "There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why? ... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"

Before Lananna arrived in Eugene in 2005 to take over the University of Oregon Track & Field program, and to restore the city's place as unofficial U.S. capital of the sport, nobody was dreaming of the world championships.

In a lot of ways, it still looks improbable.

But that hasn't stopped Lananna, now president of TrackTown USA, a UO associate athletic director, and of a force of nature.

According to a report by insidethegames.biz, an application from Eugene is expected to be one of three confirmed at a two-day meeting of the IAAF's ruling council that starts today in Dakar, Senegal.

According to the report, the other interested cities are Doha, the capital of Qatar, and Barcelona.

This isn't a formal bid, merely a preliminary step in that direction. But it is a signal that Eugene and USA Track & Field are serious about this.

Responding by email, USATF spokeswoman Jill Geer wrote: "USATF has sent an initial letter of interest to the IAAF. Next step is to receive more information from the IAAF about requirements for a bid (the bid packet)."

At first glance, Eugene wouldn't seem to measure up in any number of ways, from the size and amenities at Hayward Field to a serious lack of hotel rooms in the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area.

But don't underestimate Lananna's ability to swim upstream, especially if he has the backing of Nike, the Portland athletic apparel and equipment giant. Both track & field and Eugene are part of Nike's DNA. It was founded with a handshake between former UO track coach Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, one of his half-milers.

Lananna has managed Eugene's successful bids for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, has made Hayward Field the semi-permanent home of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and will bring to Eugene the World Junior Championships this summer.

Doha reportedly is the favorite for 2019. But given his track record, don't bet against Lananna.

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UO signee Sarah Baxter is troubled by a stress reaction.

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The Longhorns sweep the team titles at the Texas Invitational, and Ryan Crouser has a career day in the discus.

Alan Webb claims his first victory in the triathlon.

Another step in the right direction for Portland's Ryan Vail.

Mo Farah will take some time to reflect about what's next.

Farah has a decision to make.

The London Marathon lived up to the hype.

The experts at LetsRun.com dig into the women's results from the London Marathon.

Kevin Sully's comprehensive Monday Morning Run for the Daily Relay has lots of observations and factoids about the London Marathon, and about everything else happening in track & field and running.

Writing in The Guardian, Sean Ingle says track & field needs to learn from road races like the London Marathon.

Eliud Kipchoge battles windy conditions en route to victory in the Rotterdam Marathon.

Getu Feleke smashes the course record while winning the Vienna City Marathon.

Georgia freshman Kendell Williams sets the U.S. junior heptathlon record.

Prosecutor hammers an emotional Oscar Pistorius about inconsistencies in his testimony.

Day 19 of Larry Eder's excellent adventure finds him at the London Marathon.

The front page for LetsRun.com.

The links package from Track & Field News.

Runner's World's weekend wrap of racing news.

The USTFCCCA Daily roundup.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

-- Ken Goe

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Oregon was well-represented Sunday in the London Marathon; Oregon track & field rundown

Published Jan 01, 0001

Three runners with connections to Oregon finish in the top 11.

While nobody will confuse the Pacific Northwest with Kenya's Rift Valley, there was a big Oregon presence in the London Marathon on Sunday.

Two athletes who live in Portland -- British star Mo Farah and Centennial High School graduate Ryan Vail -- placed in the top 10.

Farah, who trains with the Portland-based Nike Oregon Project, was eighth in 2 hours, 8.21 seconds. Vail, who returned to Portland after graduating from Oklahoma State, finished 10th in 2:10:57, a personal record.

Vail was just in front of Briton Chris Thompson, who until this year trained with Eugene-based Oregon Track Club Elite. Thompson was 11th in 2:11:19.

Farah won gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, and was running to win. He had the crowd on the course cheering him on, and was disappointed afterward.

But, in truth, it wasn't a bad performance for someone running his first career marathon.

Vail was the top-finishing U.S. runner, and has to be happy with his race.

Here is a story I did on Vail in February while he was cranking out 150-mile weeks in Portland to prepare. He is a testament to perseverance, a runner who refused to let the dream die after moving out of the college cocoon.

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Wilson Kipsang wins the London Marathon; Farah is eighth and Vail 10th.

Kipsang overcomes travel problems before his record-breaking performance.

Kipsang wins as Farah fades.

Kipsang rules the road in London.

Quick thoughts from the experts at LetsRun.com, who fault Haile Gebrselassie's pacing and give props to Farah for the way he accepted the challenge of running in London.

Roger Robinson breaks down the men's race in London in this analysis for Runner's World.

Farah says afterward he is "quite disappointed."

Edna Kiplagat wins the London Marathon for the first time.

Edna Kiplagat proves herself a complete marathoner, bobble hurts Tirunesh Dibaba.

Larry Eder for RunBlogRun: This London Marathon was worthy of the hype.

Eugene is expected to formally bid for the 2019 World Outdoor Championships. Other contenders are expected to be Barcelona and Doha.

Team dynamic makes the Brooks Beasts unique in elite running.

AthleteBiz, an interactive web platform, aims to help track & field athletes raise their profiles.

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Alexa Efraimson wins a solo effort in the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invitational as future Oregon runner Sarah Baxter fails to start the race.

RunnerSpace.com video of Efraimson running away with the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invitational.

Raven Saunders smashes the national prep record in the shot at Arcadia.

UCLA overwhelms BYU and TCU to sweep the team titles at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational.

Paul Merca: Washington State sweeps the team titles at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson.

Cal dominates to score a Big Meet sweep for the first time since 2000.

Sprinters lead the way for Portland State at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge.

Concordia gets dominant performances from Matthew Clowes, Darien Moore and Emma Buchholz at Western Oregon.

Arick Morrell and Rachel Kraske have record-shattering efforts at the Pacific Luau.

Pacific throwers Jesse Bethke and Travis George break school records.

Linfield athletes rewrite the school bests lists.

L&C gets seven winning performances at the Pacific Luau.

The next generation of college sprinters makes a move.

Reeva Steenkamp's family is furious with Oscar Pistorius, her sister calls him "a disgusting liar."

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