Prefontaine Classic
Start of the 200m during the 2006 edition
DateJune
LocationHayward Field
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Event typeTrack and field
World Athletics Cat.GW[1]
Established1973; 51 years ago (1973)
1975 as Prefontaine Classic
Official siteDiamond League Eugene
Hayward Field is located in the United States
Hayward Field
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The Prefontaine Classic is a track and field meet held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, United States. Organized by the Oregon Track Club, it was previously one of the IAAF Grand Prix events, and is now part of the Diamond League. The meet is one of the few international competitions to host the imperial distances of the Mile run (Bowerman Mile) and 2 Mile run.

History

The first Prefontaine Classic was held in 1975. The meet had its genesis with the Hayward Restoration Meets of 1973–74. The Hayward Restoration meets were launched to help replace the deteriorated wooden West Grandstands at Hayward Field. It was to become the "Bowerman Classic" in 1975 to honor longtime University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman, and was scheduled for June 7.[2] With the unexpected death of University of Oregon distance runner and Olympian Steve Prefontaine in an automobile accident on May 30, the Oregon Track Club changed the name, with Bowerman's approval, on June 1;[3][4] the first "Pre Classic" was held six days later.[5] Nike has been the primary sponsor since 1978. The 2019 edition moved to Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field, Palo Alto, California because of restoration of Hayward Field in anticipation of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2021.[6] The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]

In 2023, the Prefontaine Classic was held as the Diamond League Final for the first time.[1]

World records

Over the course of its history, six world records have been set at the Prefontaine Classic.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality Ref
2023 Pole vault 6.23 m Armand Duplantis  Sweden
2023 5,000 m 14:00.21 Gudaf Tsegay  Ethiopia
2011 30 km (track) 1:26:47.4 Moses Mosop  Kenya [8][9]
2011 25 km (track) 1:12:25.4+ Moses Mosop  Kenya [8][10]
1982 5,000 m 15:08.26 Mary Decker Slaney  United States
1975 220 yard dash 19.92 Don Quarrie  Jamaica

Notable performances and records

Alan Webb's high school record

At the 2001 Prefontaine Classic, Alan Webb ran 3:53.43 in the Bowerman Mile and broke Jim Ryun's national high school record that had stood for 36 years. This was also the fastest mile by an American in three years.

Maria Mutola in the 800 m

Maria de Lurdes Mutola won 16 consecutive (1993-2008) women's 800 m races at the Pre Classic.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen's 2023 double

In the 2023 Prefontaine Classic & Diamond League Final, on September 16th, Norwegian athlete Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the Bowerman Mile, in a time of 3:43.73, with the aid of pacing lights and pacemakers Erik Sowinski & Cameron Myers.

Ingebrigtsen missed Hicham El Guerrouj's mile world record by .60 seconds, still having run the fastest mile in 24 years and the third fastest mile in history at the time.

Ingebrigtsen was closely followed by Yared Nuguse, who finished in an American record time of 3:43.97, breaking Alan Webb's former American mile record of 3:46.91 by almost three full seconds and running the fourth fastest mile in history at the time.

The race closely mimics El Guerrouj's 1999 world record run in Rome, where El Guerrouj won in 3:43.13, but was being closely tracked by Kenyan athlete Noah Ngeny, who came in second place at 3:43.40. El Guerrouj and Ngeny still hold the first and second fastest mile times respectively as of 2023.

These four men (El Guerrouj, Ngeny, Ingebrigtsen, Nuguse) remain the only ones in history to have ran a mile under 3:44.00 as of 2023, with the #5 fastest mile of all time being Noureddine Morceli's 1993 time of 3:44.39.[11][12][13]

The next day, Ingebrigtsen would go on to win the 3000 m, in a time of 7:23.63, beating Yomif Kejelcha by only one hundredth of a second. At the time, this ranked Kejelcha at #4 all time and Ingebrigtsen at #3 all time, behind Hicham El Guerrouj's 7:23.09 and Daniel Komen's world record of 7:20.67.[14]

Both of Ingebrigtsen's performances stand as Diamond League Records and are the third fastest performances in their respective event as of 2023.

Meet records

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 9.80 (+1.3 m/s) Steve Mullings  Jamaica 4 June 2011 [15][16] [2]
200 m 19.52 (+1.5 m/s) Noah Lyles  United States 21 August 2021 [17] [3]
400 m 43.60 DLR Michael Norman  United States 28 May 2022 [18] [4]
800 m 1:42.80 Emmanuel Wanyonyi  Kenya 17 September 2023 [19]
1000 m 2:13.62 Abubaker Kaki Khamis  Sudan 3 July 2010
1500 m 3:28.76+[a] Jakob Ingebrigtsen  Norway 16 September 2023 [20][21]
Mile 3:43.73 DLR Jakob Ingebrigtsen  Norway 16 September 2023 [22]
3000 m 7:23.63 DLR Jakob Ingebrigtsen  Norway 17 September 2023 [23]
Two miles 8:03.50 Craig Mottram  Australia 10 June 2007 [5][6]
5000 m 12:50.05 Berihu Aregawi  Ethiopia 28 May 2022 [24]
10000 m 26:25.97 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 8 June 2008
25000 m (track) 1:12:25.4+ Moses Mosop  Kenya 3 June 2011 [8][10] [7]
30000 m (track) 1:26:47.4 Moses Mosop  Kenya 3 June 2011 [8][10] [8]
110 m hurdles 12.90 (+1.6 m/s) David Oliver  United States 3 July 2010
400 m hurdles 46.39 DLR Rai Benjamin  United States 16 September 2023 [22]
3000 m steeplechase 8:01.71 Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya 30 May 2015 [25]
High jump 2.41 m Mutaz Essa Barshim  Qatar 30 May 2015 [25]
Pole vault 6.23 m WR Armand Duplantis  Sweden 17 September 2023 [26]
Long jump 8.74 m (-1.2 m/s) Dwight Phillips  United States 7 June 2009
Triple jump 18.11 m (+0.8 m/s) DLR Christian Taylor  United States 27 May 2017 [27]
Shot put 23.15 m DLR Ryan Crouser  United States 21 August 2021 [17]
Discus throw 71.32 m Ben Plucknett  United States 1983
Hammer throw 82.65 m Koji Murofushi  Japan 19 June 2004
Javelin throw 89.88 m Thomas Röhler  Germany 25 May 2018 [28]

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 10.54 (+0.9 m/s) DLR Elaine Thompson-Herah  Jamaica 21 August 2021 [17]
200 m 21.57 (+0.3 m/s) Shericka Jackson  Jamaica 17 September 2023 [29]
400 m 49.34 Ana Guevara  Mexico 24 May 2003
800 m 1:54.97 Athing Mu  United States 17 September 2023 [30]
1000 m 2:32.33 Maria Mutola  Mozambique 1995
1500 m 3:50.72 Faith Kipyegon  Kenya 16 September 2023 [22]
Mile 4:21.25 Mary Slaney  United States 1988
2000 m 5:31.52 Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 7 June 2009
3000 m 8:18.49 DLR Sifan Hassan  Netherlands 30 June 2019 [31]
Two miles 8:59.08 Francine Niyonsaba  Burundi 27 May 2022 [32]
5000 m 14:00.21 WR Gudaf Tsegay  Ethiopia 17 September 2023 [33]
10000 m 30:24.39 DLR Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 1 June 2012 [34] [9]
100 m hurdles 12.24 (+0.7 m/s) Kendra Harrison  United States 28 May 2016 [35]
400 m hurdles 51.98 Femke Bol  Netherlands 17 September 2023 [36]
3000 m steeplechase 8:50.66 Winfred Yavi  Bahrain 16 September 2023 [22]
High jump 2.04 m Mariya Lasitskene  Russia 30 June 2019 [37]
Pole vault 4.86 m Katie Moon  United States 16 September 2023 [22]
Long jump 7.31 m Marion Jones  United States 31 May 1998
Triple jump 15.35 m (+1.7 m/s) Yulimar Rojas  Venezuela 16 September 2023 [22]
Shot put 20.76 m Chase Ealey  United States 16 September 2023 [22]
Discus throw 69.32 m Sandra Perković  Croatia 30 May 2014 [38] [10]
Hammer throw 75.98 m DLR Tatyana Lysenko  Russia 3 July 2010
Javelin throw 67.70 m Christina Obergföll  Germany 31 May 2013 [39]

Notes

  1. ^ by Athletics Weekly source; 3:28.9 by official 1 Mile Run Race Analysis

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