Pre Classic is Back in Eugene This Weekend

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EUGENE, Ore. – For the first time since 2018, the Nike Prefontaine Classic is back in Eugene at Hayward Field beginning Friday. Eight past Oregon standouts are scheduled to compete including recent Olympic medalists Jenna Prandini and Raevyn Rogers.
 
Prandini won silver in Tokyo with the United States’ 4×100-meter relay and Rogers kicked her way to a bronze medal in the 800 meters. Both will run—Prandini in the 200, Rogers in the 800—Saturday.
 
Ducks at the 2021 Pre Classic:
Friday, August 20
9:12 p.m. – men’s international mile – Sam Prakel
Saturday, August 21
1:33 p.m. – men’s 200 meters – Kyree King
1:48 p.m. – women’s 800 meters – Raevyn Rogers, Sabrina Southerland
2:12 p.m. – women’s 1500 meters – Jessica Hull
2:37 p.m. – men’s 100 meters – Cravon Gillespie
2:45 p.m. – women’s 200 meters – Jenna Prandini
2:52 p.m. – men’s Bowerman mile – Matthew Centrowitz
 
In addition to Prandini and Rogers, the list of UO Olympians competing this weekend includes Hull, Gillespie and Centrowitz.
 
How to Watch:
Friday, August 20
8:40 p.m. – USATF.tv / RunnerSpace PLUS
Saturday, August 21
1:00 p.m. – Peacock Premium
1:30 p.m. – NBC
*all times Pacific
 
Friday’s program will also feature an opening celebration for Hayward Field. After a two-year hiatus from Eugene due to stadium renovation in 2019 and the meet’s cancellation in 2020, this year’s Pre Classic represents the first opportunity since May 2018 for international athletes to compete in front of the Hayward Field faithful.
 
In less than one year’s time, Hayward Field will host the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 (July 15-24) to mark the first time the event will be held in the United States.
 
The Prefontaine Classic is the ninth stop on the Wanda Diamond League tour.
 
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