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...

July 29, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite closed out the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships in thrilling fashion on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hanna Green, a second-year pro out of Virginia Tech, led the way with a stirring stretch run to take second place in the 800 meters with a personal best of 1 minute, 58.19 seconds.

Green trailed only American record-holder Ajee Wilson across the finish line to earn a berth on the U.S. team that will compete at the IAAF...

July 27, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Track Club Elite carried through their successes of day one into day two at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa as three qualify into their respective finals on Sunday.

Ben Blankenship started the day winning his heat in the first round of the 1500m, with a winning time of 3:43.07. A top three finish was part of the criteria to qualify through to Sunday's final, along with the next three fastest times. Vincent Ciattei finished 4th in the sam...

July 26, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Track Club Elite couldn't have asked for a better opening day at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday.

All three OTC Elite entrants - Hanna Green, Drew Piazza and Harun Abda - competed in the first round of the 800 meters, and all three advanced to Friday's semifinals by placing among the top three in their respective heats.

Green, a second-year pro out of Virginia Tech, won the second of four heats in the women's 800m...

July 25, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – In his first full season as a pro, Oregon Track Club Elite’s Neil Gourley has emerged as one of the best 1,500-meter runners in the United Kingdom.

The 24-year-old native of Glasgow, Scotland claimed his first national title by winning the 1,500m at the British Indoor Championships in February. Four months later, he set personal records in both the 800m (1:46.12) and 1,500m (3:35.95) within a span of 25 days.

Clearly, he is on the right path.

Gourley, a 2018 graduate of Virginia Tech...

July 16, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite’s Nijel Amos is on a serious roll this season.

The 25-year-old Botswanan sped to a meet record of 1 minute, 41.89 seconds to win the 800 meters in Monaco on July 12, his fourth victory in five global races over that distance this summer.

His eye-popping performance also stands as the fastest time in the world since the 800m final at the 2012 London Olympics, where Kenya’s David Rudisha set the current world record of 1:40.91, and Amos took silver in a persona...

July 8, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Track Club Elite is scheduled to bring eight athletes to the Sunset Tour track and field meet in Azusa, Calif., on July 9.

The entries are as follows:

·        Women's 800m - Sabrina Southerland

·        Men's 800m - Neil Gourley, Drew Piazza

·        Women's 1500m - Hanna Green

·        Men's 1500m - Ben Blankenship, Vince Ciattei

·        Men's 5000m - Tom Far...

July 3, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. - For Oregon Track Club Elite's Ben Blankenship and Hanna Green, it was "mission accomplished" at the 45th annual Prefontaine Classic at Stanford University on June 30.

Both runners established personal bests in their signature events at the prestigious Diamond League meeting - Blankenship in the Bowerman Mile and Green in the 800 meters.

For Blankenship, it was his fifth consecutive appearance at Pre. After three races in Europe over the past month, the former University of Minnesota...

June 27, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite will be represented by three athletes at the 45th annual Prefontaine Classic at Stanford University’s Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday.

Ben Blankenship, a 1,500-meter finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is scheduled to compete in the Bowerman Mile for the fourth consecutive year. He is coming off a third-place finish in the Emil Zátopek Mile (3:57.27) at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic on June 20. Harun Abda wi...

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