It’ll feel like old times again at Hayward Field on Friday.
Seventeen former Oregon track and field athletes are entered in the Oregon Twilight meet, including four who hold a combined six outdoor school records, two Olympians, an NCAA record-holder and one of the most decorated women to ever where a Duck uniform.
Five-time NCAA 800-meter champion and 2017 women’s Bowerman Award winner Raevyn Rogers, who turned professional last summer instead of returning for her 2018 senior season, is dropping down in distance Friday to get in some speed work as she prepares for the summer ahead.
Rogers is entered in the 400 where she will race against former Oregon teammate Annie Leblanc, now a New Balance professional, and Oregon Track Club Elite’s Francine Niyonsaba, who is one of the world’s elite 800 runners.
Niyonsaba, who lives in Eugene, won silver medals at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Outdoor Championships. She also won gold at the last two World Indoor Championships, including in March in Birmingham, England.
Rogers was fifth in that race in Birmingham after placing second at the U.S. Indoor championships.
Last week, Rogers anchored the American sprint medley relay team that set the world record at the Penn Relays, running a 50.48-second 400.
Devon Allen is also back. The 2016 Olympic finalist in the 110 hurdles is entered in that event, as well as the 100 where he’ll be lining up against Kyree King, who set UO records in the 100 (10.0) and 200 (20.27) during his senior season in 2017. King is also entered in the 200.
Johnathan Cabral, also a 2016 Olympic finalist for Canada, is entered in the 110 hurdles.
Jasmine Todd, who holds the school record in the long jump (22 feet, 5¼ inches) and shares the record in the 100 (10.92) with Jenna Prandini, is entered in the long jump.
Mike Berry, the UO 400 record-holder (44.75) returns to run in that event.
The Oregon Twilight won’t just be a showcase for former Ducks. Oregon has entered many current athletes, most notably in the middle distance races as they prepare for next week’s Pac-12 Track & Field Championship meet.
Sam Prakel, James West and Mick Stanovsek, who ranked fourth, fifth and 10th, respectively, in the NCAA 1,500, are all entered in the men’s 800.
Jessica Hull and Lilli Burdon, ranked second and sixth nationally, are entered in the women’s 1,500, as is Katie Rainsberger, who is still looking for her NCAA West Regional qualifier. The sophomore was fourth in the NCAA meet last season.
While the Oregon Twilight is the final meet of the regular season, the postseason starts Saturday and Sunday in Stanford, Calif., at Cobb Track & Angell Field with the Pac-12 Multi-Event Championships.
Freshman Keira McCarrell and senior Kylee O’Connor are entered in the heptathlon. Junior Austin Torres is entered in the decathlon, an event won by Oregon seven times in the past 10 years, including last season when Mitch Modin took the title.
McCarrell (5,161 points) and O’Connor (5,084) have the seventh- and eighth-best performances in the conference this season. Torres, a first-year transfer from Lane Community College, is entered in his first decathlon of the season.
Oregon State has also entered a pair in the heptathlon, including junior Saskia McNairy, who was seventh at the Pac-12 meet last season. Freshman Claire Corbitt is also entered.
The Oregon Twilight begins at 2:30 p.m. with the women’s discus. The first event on the track is the men’s 4x100 at 4:40 p.m. The last event will be the women’s 1,500 at 8:10 p.m.