T&F: Day One of Prefontaine Classic Kicks Off in Historic Fashion

Day one of the Prefontaine Classic kicked off in historical fashion Friday at Historic Hayward Field. The first event of the evening, the men’s javelin, provided early fireworks for the 7,500 in attendance. The Germans swept the event going 1-2-3 but not before each of them set the meet and stadium record. First, Andreas Hofmann set the record with a throw of 282.2 feet. This was short lived, fellow countryman Johannes Vetter responded with a record throw of 289.11 feet. Thomas Rohler got the last laugh and victory with a throw of 294.10 feet. The second field event was won by Sam Kendricks of the United States with a vault of 19-3/4 feet. Kendricks defeated the defending champion Renaud Lavillenie of France. The first event of the night on the track was the women’s 800 meter which was won by Natoya Goule of Jamica. The second and final track event for the women of the night was the women’s 1500 meters. The winner of the 1500 meters was won by Dani Jones of the United States who ran a personal best time of 4:07.74. The first track event of the evening for the men was the 800 meter race. The 800 meter was won by Emmanuel Korir of Kenya who ran a season best time of 1:45.16. To finish the first day of the Prefontaine Classic was the stacked men’s 2-mile race. The men’s 2-mile came down to the home stretch but was eventually won by Selemon Barega of Ethiopia. Day two of the Pre Classic will kick off tomorrow starting at 12:43 pm with the men’s long jump and ending with the Bowerman Men Mile at 2:51 pm.

Game Story (by Gabriel Ornelas): 

Post Meet Interviews:

German Men’s Javelin Thrower Thomas Rohler

American Men’s Pole Vaulter Sam Kendrick’s

American Men’s Long Distance Runner Eric Jenkins

-Gabriel Ornelas

AUDIO: Coleman, Centrowitz Look Ahead to Stacked Prefontaine Classic

Historic Hayward Field will host the 44th annual Pre Classic for one last time before renovations begin this summer. The Pre Classic has always been one of the most competitive meets in the world. This year the same goes. The Pre Classic will play host to 19 gold medal winners this year, each event is as stacked and as competitive as can be. The Pre Classic will kick off tonight with “Distance Night” and will follow tomorrow with the rest of the events. “Distance Night” is welcoming back a former Duck and gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz, who is seeking his first Diamond League win. After Justin Gatlin had to pull out of the 100 meter dash with a hamstring injury the event now turns its focus to new blood and one of the most successful NCAA sprinters, Christian Coleman, who is looking to dominate.

Matthew Centrowitz

Christian Coleman

-Gabriel Ornelas