July 4, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite’s Francine Niyonsaba posted the second-fastest 800-meter time in the world this year with a runner-up finish at the Paris Diamond League meeting last Saturday.

Niyonsaba, the reigning Olympic silver medalist from Burundi, crossed the finish line in 1 minute, 55.86 seconds, just off her personal best of 1:55.47 set in Monaco last summer. She was the lone competitor to challenge South Africa’s Caster Semenya, whose winning time of 1:54.25 stands as the No. 4 p...

June 29, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite’s Andrew Osagie enters the British Athletics Championships this weekend with the fastest 800-meter time of the season in the United Kingdom. The UK Trials for the European Championships will be held Saturday (June 30) and Sunday (July 1) at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Seven runners from the UK have already run 1:45 this year with the 30-year-old Osagie leading the way at 1:45.09. The last time seven men from the UK ran under 1:46 in a single season was...

June 27, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – With an eye on running a fall marathon, Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego returned to competition at the B.A.A. 10K in Boston last Sunday.

It was the first official race for the Oregon Track Club Elite athlete since she gave birth to her daughter, Emma, in July of 2017. Kipyego, who placed second in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, finished 10th overall with a time of 34 minutes, 31 seconds.

“To finish two minutes behind the winner might seem like a disappointment,...

June 27, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – For Hassan Mead and Hanna Green, the 2018 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships proved to be an ideal springboard into the European racing circuit.

The four-day meet, which recently concluded at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, provided both Oregon Track Club Elite athletes with a much-needed boost of confidence. Mead, who had to drop out of his past two races, came on strong in the 5,000 meters to earn his fourth consecutive podium finish at the U.S. championships with a third...

June 16, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – The summer season of racing is beginning to heat up for several members of Oregon Track Club Elite.

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Botswana’s Nijel Amos are focused on a return to the Diamond League circuit overseas, while Great Britain’s Andrew Osagie is seeking a spot on the United Kingdom team that will compete in the European Championships.

Closer to home, Ben Blankenship, Hassan Mead, Hanna Green and Harun Abda are all entered in the USATF Outdoor Championships, June 21-24, a...

June 5, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – For Shea Collinsworth, the decision to begin her professional running career in TrackTown USA was an easy one.

The six-time all-American middle distance runner at BYU was looking for an accomplished coach with impeccable credentials, the opportunity to train with world-class athletes, and a community that embraces running.

Collinsworth, 23, checked all of those boxes when she joined Oregon Track Club Elite this past fall.

“(Eugene) was definitely my top choice,” said Collinsworth, a...

May 30, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite’s Nijel Amos, Francine Niyonsaba, Ben Blankenship and Hassan Mead bid a fond farewell to Hayward Field at the 44th annual Prefontaine Classic last Friday and Saturday.

A combined total of more than 20,000 fans attended the two-day Diamond League meeting, which was staged at the historic stadium on the University of Oregon campus for the last time. The 99-year-old facility is scheduled to be torn down this summer and replaced by a state-of-the-art venue desig...

May 24, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – Five athletes from Oregon Track Club Elite are entered in the 44th edition of the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field on Friday and Saturday.

The OTC Elite contingent features current Pre Classic record-holders in both the men’s and women’s 800 meters – Nijel Amos clocked 1:43.63 in 2014 and Francine Niyonsaba set the meet and stadium record of 1:56.72 in 2013.

Elsewhere, Ben Blankenship is expected to make his outdoor season debut in the highly competitive Bowerman Mile, whil...

May 21, 2018

EUGENE Ore. - Oregon Track Club Elite celebrated a trio of outstanding individual performances at the 2018 USATF Distance Classic at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Hanna Green looked strong in her outdoor season opener in the 800 meters with a second-place finish at 2:01.40 - just off her personal best of 2:01.17. The 2017 Virginia Tech graduate is scheduled to compete in the National 800m at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday, May 25 at Hayward Field.

"It was good to get the...

May 17, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – A trio of Oregon Track Club Elite athletes will compete in the 2018 USATF Distance Classic at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Hassan Mead, the reigning U.S. champion in the 10,000 meters, will make his outdoor season debut in the 1,500m, while Harun Abda and Hanna Green are both entered in the 800m.

“Hassan is coming down from a long training stint at altitude,” OTC Elite coach Mark Rowland said. “He’s looking forward to a ‘blow out’...

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