Track Town USA hosts duck athletes for Worlds

2022 has been a big year for the track and field championships in Eugene. The remodeled and updated Hayward Field hosted the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Championships in May and the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Championships in June. Now comes July, and the meetings keep getting bigger and more impressive. The World Athletics Championships – known as Oregon22 – will be held in Eugene from July 15-24 and will feature elite athletes representing nations around the world.

Many familiar faces to Duck fans will be in Hayward for this encounter in search of World Champion glory. Some of Oregon’s top track and field competitors and alumni will compete at Worlds. Here is a partial list (note: qualifiers are by nation and not all qualifiers have been named at press time. Other Duck athletes may earn spots).

Cooper Teare – 1500 meters men – Teare is a recent competitor from Oregon, competing in distance events. Teare won the 2021 NCAA 5,000-meter outdoor race and he holds the college record for the indoor mile. Teare missed the 2020 U.S. Olympic team in the 5,000 meters by less than a second, finishing 4th at the Olympic trials.

Alaysha Johnson – Women’s 100 Hurdles – Johnson won the Pac-12 championships in the 100-meter hurdles and on the Ducks 4 x 100 relay team in 2017. She is a 7-time All-American and holds the Oregon record in the 100-meter hurdles at 12 .69 seconds.

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Devon Allen – men’s 110 hurdles – Allen is a three-time American national champion in the 110-meter hurdles and has participated in the Rio and Tokyo games in his specialty. Allen has competed for both Oregon’s track and field and football programs and recently signed to play wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. Allen won 2 NCAA championships in hurdles while in Oregon.

Jenna Prandini – women’s 200 meters – Prandini won an NCAA championship in the long jump in 2014 and won the Pac-12 championships in the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump that season. She also won the 100 meters and was among the 4 x 100 relay champions at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships.

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Raevyn Rogers – women’s 800 meters – Rogers is another Olympian from Oregon, having won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games* in the women’s 800 meters, winning the 4e best time ever for an American in this event. Rogers won 6 NCAA championships at Oregon, including 3 consecutive 800 meter championships. She set the collegiate record for the race, breaking a mark that had already been set in 1990.

Galen Rupp – Marathon Men – Rupp is a 4-time Olympian, having competed for the United States in Beijing (2008), London (2012), Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Tokyo (2020). Rupp won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters in London and a bronze medal in the men’s marathon in Rio. Rupp competed in both cross country and track for Oregon, helping the team to conference championships, breaking indoor and outdoor records and winning 5 individual and 1 relay championships, 2 national cross championships -country NCAA and an NCAA indoor track team title.

Another dozen athletes (at least) scheduled to compete have ties to Oregon State, if not the university

ATQ will provide additional details on Worlds next week.

*Note – The Tokyo Summer Olympics have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will be played in calendar year 2021.

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