May 14, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite had two athletes post outdoor season-best marks in two different meets last Saturday.

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba won the 800 meters at an international meeting in the Guadeloupe Islands with a time of 2:01.97, beating USA’s Stephanie Brown (2:02.26) and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui (2:02.61).

Niyonsaba, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, used the race as a tune-up for her upcoming appearance in the 800m at the 44th annual Prefontaine Classic on May 26 at Hayw...

May 11, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – With an appearance in the 2018 Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field just two weeks away, Oregon Track Club Elite’s Francine Niyonsaba felt the need to sharpen her racing form.

Thus, the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the 800 meters has entered the 800m at an international track and field meeting in Guadeloupe, France on Saturday.

Niyonsaba, who successfully defended her World Indoor 800m title earlier this year, has only competed outdoors once this season – a runner-up finish i...

May 8, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. – Five athletes from Oregon Track Club Elite eased their way back into competition in a series of “off events” at the Oregon Twilight Meet at Hayward Field last Friday.

Francine Niyonsaba, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist and two-time World Indoor champion in the 800 meters, settled into starting blocks for the first time in her career in the 400m. The native of Burundi was all smiles after the race as she placed second with a time of 53.48 seconds.

“The 400 is not my distance,” said...

May 1, 2018

With no Olympics or World Championships on the outdoor track and field calendar this season, many athletes take advantage of the so-called "off-year" by competing in a variety of different events.

Oregon Track Club Elite is no exception.

Five OTC Elite athletes are scheduled to be in action at the Oregon Twilight Meet at Hayward Field on Friday, but none will be entered in their usual race distance.

Francine Niyonsaba, the reigning Olympic and World Championship silver medalist in the 800 meters wi...

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