While Sacramento is not Track Town, USA, a host of track and field athletes who train or went to school in Eugene felt right at home in California for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship last week as they punched their tickets to the world championships in London.
After not being entirely pleased with their performances at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, Oregon sprinters Arianna Washington and Deajah Stevens were looking to land a spot on Team USA. On Friday the pair did just that when Stevens took second and Washington third in the 100. Former teammate and Oregon standout English Gardner placed sixth in the race.
Stevens and Washington’s weekend was not done and the pair raced again on Sunday in the 200 final. Stevens took first but Washington was edged out at the line and finished in fourth. Former Duck Jenna Prandini finished seventh. Elsewhere on the women’s side, Phyliss Francis, who graduate from UO in 2014, took second in the 400 and current Duck Raevyn Rogers was fourth in the 800.
On the men’s side, former Duck Matthew Centrowitz, who won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games, was passed right at the finish line resulting in a second place finish in the 1500. Current Ducks Devon Allen and Damarcus Simpson each placed third in the 110 hurdles and long jump respectively.
Former Oregon standout and Olympian Galen Rupp, who had won eight consecutive 10,000 meter outdoor track and field championships, finished fifth place in the race on Thursday.