There will be plenty of familiar faces donning the red, white and blue in Doha, Qatar, later this month.
On Monday, Team USA announced its official roster for the IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships scheduled for Sept. 27-Oct. 6.
Among the 141 Americans to make the team — mostly through automatic qualifying during the U.S. Track & Field Championship meet in July — are eight former Oregon Ducks, including reigning world champion Phyllis Francis and 2016 Olympic gold medalists Matthew Centrowitz and English Gardner.
Francis is entered in the women’s 400 meters, and event she won in London in 2017. Francis also won gold in Rio as a member of the 4x400 relay team.
Centrowitz, who is a member of the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, won the first Olympic gold by an American in the men’s 1,500 since 1908. Gardner, who is entered in the women’s 100, won gold in Rio in the 4x100.
Also heading to Doha is 2016 Olympian Devon Allen and women’s long jumper Jasmin Todd, who competed at the 2015 world championships when she was still a member of the Oregon team.
Those veterans will be joined by some former Ducks making their first appearance at the world championships, as Raevyn Rogers is entered in the women’s 800, Cole Walsh is in the men’s pole vault, and sprinter Cravon Gillespie, who just wrapped up his record-setting Oregon career, is a member of the 4x100 relay pool.
It was also recently announced that former Duck Jessica Hull is on the Australian national team and will compete in the women's 1,500.
From the Oregon Track Club Elite training group, Eugene residents Ben Blankenship (men’s 1,500), Hassan Mead (men’s 5,000) and Hanna Green (women’s 800) are also on the team.
Mead competed in the 2015 and 2017 world championships in the 10,000 and was a 2016 Olympian in the 5,000. Blankenship was also an Olympian in 2016, though this is his first trip to a world championship meet, as it is for Green.
Centrowitz will be among a large contingent of BTC members in Doha, along with women’s steeplechasers Colleen Quigley and Courtney Frerichs, Shelby Houlihan (women’s 1,500), Karissa Schweizer (women’s 5,000), Lopez Lomong (men’s 10,000), Marielle Hall (women’s 10,000) and Carrie Dimoff (women’s marathon).
From the Portland-bases Nike Oregon Project are U.S. men’s 1,500 champion Craig Engels, U.S. men’s 800 champion Donavan Brazier and 2016 Olympic men’s 800 bronze medalist Clayton Murphy.
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