EUGENE, Ore. -- Galen Rupp broke the American record in the men’s 10,000 meters on Friday evening at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, crossing in 26:44.36. Rupp bided his time until the final two laps, moving in the front of the pack and getting the Hayward Field crowd on its feet. TrackTown was electric, as Rupp took his victory lap to a crowd of 7,500, the best crowd for “Distance Night” in the history of the Nike Prefontaine Classic. Rupp broke his own previous record of 26:48.00, set in 2011.
Chanelle Price continued her winning ways, capturing the USATF High Performance women’s 800 meters in 2:00.38. Price executed her trademark racing style, staying out in front from the get-go. Maggie Vessey and the rest of the pack closed in the final 40 meters, but Price was able to hold them off for the win.
Reese Hoffa threw a season’s best 21.64m/71-0 to win the men’s shot put, his fourth Nike Prefontaine Classic victory in the last five years. Hoffa used his fifth throw to seal the victory, leading a 1-2-3-4 U.S. finish in the event. Joe Kovacs took the runner-up spot with a mark of 21.46m/70-5, while Diamond League leader Christian Cantwell held the third spot with his toss of 21.38m/70-1.75. Kurt Roberts, a late addition to the field after the withdrawal of Ryan Whiting and David Storl, finished fourth with his throw of 20.71m/67-11.25.
The event continues at 3:22 p.m. ET/12:22 p.m. PT with the men’s triple jump. The first race is the men’s international mile at 3:33 p.m. ET/12:33 p.m. PT.
NBC Sports Network will air the Nike Prefontaine Classic Saturday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET before NBC picks up the telecast from 4:30-6 p.m. ET. Video from Friday night’s races are available on USATF.tv.
Full results are available on the Diamond League - Eugene website. Follow along live with USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #PreClassic.
The third stop on the summer-long Diamond League tour, the Nike Prefontaine Classic kicks off the first of two domestic Diamond League competitions.
The Nike Prefontaine Classic is part of the USATF Championship Series. The final stop of the summer is the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Tickets are available at sacsports.com.
Nike Prefontaine Classic Day One Quotes
Galen Rupp, men’s 10,000m winner, AR
“I was just elated. I was really coming in here and looking at it as a good opportunity to run a 10k and work on my tactics. I didn’t want to just look at it as a chance to run a good time. It’s more about what’s going to help me through next year and 2016. That was, honestly, my biggest focus going into it. Just competing, how I was going to finish, and to get the record on top of that was just a bonus.”
“I thought I was in shape to get the record. I ran 26:48 three years ago, so I know I’m a lot stronger and my training has been much more geared towards 10K at this point. I didn’t know what to expect coming in but I knew I had a great chance to run fast.”
“This is right up there. I’ve had so many great memories here running for Oregon. It’s just a special place for me. To be able to come back here, it feels like a while since I last ran here, and it was just a great way to end the night. It just shows you how special this place is. To get so many people coming out and this enthusiastic about a 10K and the other distance races they had...the main program is tomorrow and they have a great meet set up. To have this many show up Friday night, it’s just phenomenal.”
Chanelle Price, women’s 800m winner
“At the end of the day, it was a training run. My coach was like, let’s go back to the Chanelle that goes out hard and see what your body does. 40 meters out, I was like okay, we’re seeing what my body is doing! If you’re going to beat somebody like Brenda (Martinez) or those strong women, you’re going to have to take them out hard to win in Sacramento. I think she’s leaning towards the 800m, just from talking with her in The Bahamas. If I’m going to beat her, I’m going to have to take her out hard. It was just training and seeing how it went. I got the win.”
“I was feeling good at 700m. I saw 1:28 and 1:43 and I think I got a little too antsy. My coach always says, don’t race for time. When you run well, it’ll come. I just punched a little too much coming down the straightaway but you win or you learn. 40 meters out, I knew they were coming but I was like, hold your form. I was happy to get to the finish line.”
“I’m actually shutting it down until USAs. May has been a little hectic for me with Doha, the Bahamas and here, so I just want to get in some solid training these next few weeks. I’ve never won a U.S. title before and it’s really important to me.”
Mary Cain, women’s 800m - 8th in section II, 10th overall
“I did a time trial on the track and it was only supposed to be 600 and Alberto said, you look great, keep going and I ran 2:03.2. I guess it’s a little bit better but Alberto and I weren’t expecting much. We’re taking it slow and building into the season. I’m still a little disappointed. I think today it was the best I could’ve done. Tactically for the 800m, I’m still a little weak. I knew last year that if the race was fast and I was at the back, I was still going to run fast. But with this, there’s still positioning stuff you have to worry about. on the backstretch, I was going to try to pass people and it didn’t really work out. At first, I was really disappointed but it was a good training run.”
Reese Hoffa, men’s shot put winner
“(Having fans around the circle) was electric. We were so excited they were down there that it threw us off a little bit. There were so many people there. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it.”
“I had one good throw, maybe two. i was missing positions out of the back and rushing my throws and kind of making a mess of everything, but I’m glad I got the one throw that got the win. It was a success, I just need to be more consistent.”
“Christian is really powerful, Joe is powerful too, so to get a win against those guys is awesome because I was just trying to hold on for second. I didn’t think I was going to win because of how I was throwing but I had that one throw and it felt good out of my hand. So I decided to yell a little bit and it reaffirmed that it was a good throw.”