by Rob Moseley
The past and future of Oregon track and field were on display Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic.
One day after Galen Rupp's memorable American record in the 10,000 meters, several more UO alumni were back in action at Hayward Field. Jordan Hasay set a two-mile personal best at the dawn of her professional career, and decathlon world record-holder Ashton Eaton tied his personal best in his current specialty, the 110-meter high hurdles.
In a rare appearance by a high school athlete at Pre, Oregon recruit Blake Haney ran with the pack early in the first of two mile runs contested Saturday, before fading over the last 800 meters.
Hasay, a 16-time all-American for the Ducks, ran two miles in 9 minutes, 35.05 seconds. Shannon Rowbury set an American record of 9:20.25 during the race.
"I have many more years ahead, and this was a first step," Hasay said.
Running back at Hayward Field provided "a sense of calm," Hasay said. Sprinter English Gardner, the reigning USA Outdoor champion for 100 meters, enjoyed a similar home-field advantage running at her alma mater Saturday.
Gardner posted a season best of 22.81 seconds in the 200 meters.
"People still remember you, no matter where you go and what you do in life," Gardner said. "It really is true — once a Duck, always a Duck."
Eaton finished sixth in a star-studded hurdles field, matching his personal best of 13.35 seconds. Eaton said a cautious start might have contributed to a time he wasn't overly pleased with.
"I'd like to do more races," Eaton said. "They're so much different from practice. I feel like if I did more races, I'd be so much faster."
In the Bowerman Mile that concluded the meet, Matt Centrowitz ran a personal-best 3:50.53. There was a second mile contested earlier in the day, in which Jordan McNamara ran 3:52.89, and the future Duck runner Haney labored across the finish in 4:10.41.
"It was tough," said Haney, who had hoped to become the sixth high school runner to break the 4-minute barrier. "I thought I'd have more in the last 600 meters. But it was a great experience, so I'm glad I came out here."
Haney, who has a personal best of 4:07.78, while take another shot at running sub-4 at the adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 14.