Prefontaine Classic 2014: Course Info, Date and Event Schedule

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2014

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 01:  Asbel Kiprop of Kena leads the Bowerman Mile during day 2 of the IAAF Diamond League Prefontaine Classic on June 1, 2013 at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

In one of the biggest track meets of the year, the 2014 edition of the Prefontaine Classic will take place at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, as part of the IAAF Diamond League.

While the competition is the main focus for many track and field fans, the annual event is a homage to former Oregon star and Olympian Steve Prefontaine, who died in a car accident in 1975.

Here is all the vital information for the 2014 Prefontaine Classic.

 

Where: University of Oregon's Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon

When: Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31

 

2014 Prefontaine Classic Event Schedule
DateTime (PST)EventDiscipline
May 307 p.m.Discus Women Women
May 307:03 p.m.Long Jump Women Women
May 307:30 p.m.800m Women USATF HP Sec 1 Women
May 307:30 p.m.Mens 800 International Men
May 307:50 p.m.800m Women USATF HP Sec II Women
May 308:10 p.m.Shot Put Men Men
May 308:17 p.m.10,000m Men Men
May 3112:22 p.m.Triple Jump Men Men
May 3112:25 p.m.Pole Vault Men Men
May 3112:30 p.m.International Mile Men Men
May 3112:42 p.m.2-Mile Women Women
May 3112:59 p.m.High Jump Women Women
May 311:03 p.m.400 m Hurdles Women Women
May 311:11 p.m.3000m Steeplechase Women Women
May 311:25 p.m.400m Men Men
May 311:34 p.m.100m Men Men
May 311:38 p.m.Javelin Throw Men Men
May 311:42 p.m.400 m Women Women
May 311:49 p.m.1500m Women Women
May 312:05 p.m.110 m Hurdles Men Men
May 312:13 p.m.200 m Women Women
May 312:20 p.m.5000m Men Men
May 312:41 p.m.800m Men Men
May 312:49 p.m.Bowerman Mile Men
Source: DiamondLeague-Eugene.com

 

Competitors to Watch this Weekend

BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 21: Justin Gatlin of the United States celebrates winning the Men's 100m during 2014 IAAF World Challenge Beijing at National Stadium on May 21, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

In the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic from Hayward Field, the competition will be incredibly fierce. Despite this event doing great things for charities, this is a track meet first and foremost, and there will be no friends on the course.

With track veterans in the field for the men and women—as well as several unproven athletes with the ability to steal the show—fans lucky enough to attend the events will be treated to an excellent showcase of skill, power and finesse.

One of the biggest names in the competition is Justin Gatlin. As a former Olympic gold medalist in 2004, Gatlin has rebuilt his career after a four-year suspension and looks to return to Oregon with more gold on his mind.

As the four-time winner and defending Diamond Race 100 meters champion, all eyes will be on Gatlin as he looks to add to his all-time record. His four wins are the most ever, ahead of legends like Maurice Greene (three-time champion) and Carl Lewis (two-time champion).

The men’s side also features stars like Nesta Carter, Mike Rodgers and Nickel Ashmeade, and fans will be treated to a heated competition in almost every event.

While the men’s side is impressive, the women’s competition features the defending IAAF Athlete of the Year, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

SOPOT, POLAND - MARCH 09:  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 60m final during day three of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Ergo Arena on March 9, 2014 in Sopot, Poland.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenst
Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Not only did she win the gold medal in the 200 meters, 100 meters and relay last year at the Moscow World Championships, but she also has two Olympic gold medals in the 100 meters.

Add in fellow champions Allyson Felix, Blessing Okagbare, Murielle Ahoure and Kimberlyn Duncan, and the women’s field is absolutely stacked.

Between Gatlin on the men’s side and Fraser-Pryce on the women’s side, there will be plenty of raw skill on the track this weekend. There will undoubtedly be men and women who try to dethrone the two biggest stars, but it will be an uphill climb.

 

*Stats and information via DiamondLeague-Eugene.com.