Rupp sets new American Record in 10,000 at 40th Pre Classic

Rupp sets new American Record in 10,000 at 40th Pre Classic
Olympian Galen Rupp, of the United States and former Oregon standout, celebrates taking first place in the men's 10,000 meter race at the 2014 Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. Rupp finished with a time of 26 minutes, 44.36 seconds. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. — The name Galen Rupp is nothing new to those who follow track and field in Eugene.

The former Oregon standout and Olympian set a new American record during the distance portion of the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night at Hayward Field.

Rupp finished the race with an official time of 26 minutes, 44,36 seconds.

Following the race, Rupp immediately sprinted over to the East Grandstands, where he celebrated this feat with Bill Dellinger, Olympic Gold Medalist and Steve Prefontaine’s former long distance coach.

“It’s just amazing to be able to return to my home track and do something like this,” Rupp said after his race.

Rupp was not the only Duck that had promise during the first night of the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic.

Three time USA Outdoor shot put champion Rese Hoffa won the men’s shot put with an official throw of 21.64 meters, giving him his season best in the event.

For the first time since the meet’s inception, audience members were allowed to enter the infield to watch the shot put event. This was designed to allow audience member the opportunity to interact more personally with the field athletes.

Day two of the Prefontaine Classic will begin on Saturday May 31, with the men’s triple jump set to begin at 12:22 p.m., and will feature former Oregon standouts Ashton Eaton, Allyson Felix and English Gardner.
Both Felix and Gardner are scheduled to compete against each other in the women’s 200 meter sprint.