November 6, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite’s Ben Blankenship and Andy Trouard took to the streets under cool and calm conditions at the USATF 5K Championships in New York City on Nov. 2.

Competing against a world-class field in a race hosted by the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K, Blankenship placed 11th overall with a time of 14:11, while Trouard was 14th in 14:25.

Blankenship, a 2016 Olympic finalist in the 1,500m, last competed at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha on Oct. 4, whe...

October 30, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite’s Ben Blankenship and Andy Trouard are scheduled to compete in the 2019 USA Track & Field (USATF) 5K Championships in New York City on Saturday (Nov. 2).

The elite USATF men’s and women’s races feature world-class fields and $60,000 in prize money. The athletes will run through the streets of Manhattan and finish in Central Park.

The USATF 5K Championships will be followed by the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K which includes more than 10,000 participants....

October 7, 2019

In his first season as a professional athlete, Oregon Track Club Elite's Neil Gourley finished 11th overall in the 1,500 meters at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday.

Gourley, the reigning British indoor and outdoor champion, hit the tape in 3:37.30. He closed out the season with personal bests in the 1,500m (3:35.95) and 800m (1:46.12).

The 24-year-old Gourley is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and a former standout at Virginia Tech.

October 4, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Track Club Elite's Neil Gourley advanced to the final of the 1,500 meters at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

The reigning British indoor and outdoor 1,500m champion placed third in the first of two semifinal heats with a time of 3:36.69 to secure an automatic berth in Sunday's final.

OTC Elite's Ben Blankenship was not as fortunate.

Competing in the same semifinal heat, the 2016 Rio Olympian placed sixth in 3:36.98 - one spot removed from an automat...

October 4, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - Survive and advance.

Oregon Track Club Elite's Ben Blankenship and Neil Gourley followed that strategy to perfection on Thursday in the first round of the 1,500 meters at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

There were 15 competitors in each of three qualifying heats, and only the top six finishers in each heat, plus the next six fastest times, would secure a berth in Friday's semifinals.

Blankenship, a 1,500m finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, placed third in the second...

October 1, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Track Club Elite's Hassan Mead placed 11th overall in the 5,000-meter final at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Monday. Mead hit the tape in a time of 13 minutes, 27.05 seconds.

This was Mead's third straight appearance in the World Championships. The former University of Minnesota standout placed 15th in the 10,000m at the past two global meets in London (2017) and Beijing (2015).

Mead, the reigning 5,000m champion at the North American, Central American a...

September 27, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Track Club Elite's Hassan Mead picked a good time to post a season best in the 5,000 meters on Friday.

Mead, a 2016 Olympian, placed eighth in the second qualifying heat of the 5,000m with a time of 13:22.11 at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. His performance secured a spot in Monday's final of the 5,000m at 11:20 a.m. (PDT).

This is Mead's third consecutive appearance on the World Championship stage. He placed 15th overall in the 10,000m at the past two Cham...

September 23, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Track Club Elite will have a strong presence at the 2019 IAAF World Championships to be held Sept. 27-Oct. 6 at Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Five OTC Elite athletes have secured berths in the 10-day meet.

Ben Blankenship (1,500m), Hanna Green (800m) and Hassan Mead (5,000m) are members of Team USA, while Scotland's Neil Gourley (1,500m) competes for Great Britain and Nijel Amos (800m) represents Botswana.

Under the guidance of coach Mark Rowland, it has already been a highl...

August 22, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite will be represented by Neil Gourley and Andrew Osagie at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham, England, on Aug. 24-25.

Gourley, a second-year pro, will compete in the 1,500 meters, while the veteran Osagie lines up in the 800m. They will be seeking berths in the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar (Sept. 27-Oct. 6).

Under the British selection system, the top two finishers in each event at the Trials earn automatic berths to the World Ch...

August 1, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite coach Mark Rowland admitted that things “got a little messy” during competition at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, last week.

However, the overall results were positive.

OTC Elite brought six athletes to the four-day meet. Four of them reached the final of their respective events, and three performed well enough to earn a spot on Team USA for the IAAF World Championships, Sept. 27-Oct. 6, in Doha, Qatar.

Those...

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