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Jager places third in steeplechase at Pre Classic

When Evan Jager entered his final race at historic Hayward Field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2018 Prefontaine Classic, he came relaxed and free of expectations.

“I was focused on staying relaxed and tried not to think about anything all race,” Jager said.

Jager, the American record-holder in the steeplechase at 8:00.45, finished third with a time of 8:11.71, only  two-thousandths of a second behind runner-up Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya. Despite the result, Jager felt positive about his outcome.

“I felt pretty good,” he said. “I felt like I was in a great rhythm. I knew the race wasn’t …


Rogers returns to Hayward Field for first Pre Classic

When Raevyn Rogers stood at the starting line during the 2018 Prefontaine Classic, she felt a sense of calm come through her mind. In only her second outdoor meet as a professional athlete, Rogers absorbed the atmosphere at historic Hayward Field, one of the places that helped shape her accomplished collegiate track and field career.

However, this time she found herself racing against some of the world’s best 800-meter runners.

Rogers finished seventh in the women’s 800m at Pre with a time of 1 minute, 59.36 seconds, six spots behind South Africa’s Caster Semenya, who clocked a world-leading time of …


UO jumpers, OTC Elite athletes headline TrackTown Tuesday

TrackTown Tuesday welcomed a series of accomplished guests in front of an audience of 150 at the Downtown Athletic Club on May 1.

The show featured Prefontaine Classic Meet Director Tom Jordan, five members of the University of Oregon jumps crew, and Oregon Track Club Elite athletes Francine Niyonsaba, Shea Collinsworth and Hanna Green. Those in attendance were given an insiders’ glimpse into the upcoming Prefontaine Classic, and a preview of the competition that will be showcased at the Oregon Twilight meet on May 4.

The UO contingent included three reigning Pac-12 champions in senior Damarcus Simpson (long jump), junior …