Prefontaine 5K Promises To Be A Classic

Solinsky, Tegenkamp aiming to be first Americans to go under 13:00 on U.S. soil.

Attendance at last weekend’s U.S. Track & Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa was paltry at best , but this assuredly won’t be the case for this Saturday’s 36th Annual Prefontaine Classic to be held at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

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Meet director Tom Jordan anticipates a crowd of more then 12,000 people for this weekend’s event. “We still have a some tickets,” Jordan said. “But we’re anticipating sellout.”

The men’s 5,000 meters — the late Steve Prefontaine’s preferred race distance — will once again be the meet’s marquee event. Oregon Track Club teammates Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky — who have both run south of 13 minutes for the distance — will attempt to become the first Americans to break the 13-minute barrier on American soil. Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Matthew Kisorio, along with Ethiopians Imane Merga and Tariku Bekele — all sub-13 minute men — should help contribute to Tegenkamp and Solinsky’s cause.

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