31 athletes with ties to Oregon set for 2017 World Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – The state of Oregon will have a robust presence at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London this week.

A total of 31 men’s and women’s track and field athletes with ties to Oregon are set to compete in the 10-day meet which begins Friday at Olympic Stadium, the site of the 2012 London Olympics.

While most of those athletes (19) will compete for Team USA, there will be six athletes wearing the uniform of Canada, plus one each from Australia, Botswana, Burundi, Great Britain, Jamaica and The Netherlands.

The University of Oregon will have one current Duck athlete – sprinter Ariana Washington – and 12 alums in London, including 2016 Olympic gold medalists Matthew Centrowitz (1,500m) and Phyllis Francis (4x400m relay). They will be joined by three other Rio Olympic finalists – Devon Allen and Johnathan Cabral in the 110-meter hurdles and Deajah Stevens in the 200 meters.

The Oregon connection also features athletes from three professional training groups – Eugene-based Oregon Track Club Elite, Portland’s Nike Oregon Project and Portland’s Bowerman Track Club.

The OTC Elite, coached by Mark Rowland, will be represented by Hassan Mead in the 10,000m for Team USA, plus Nijel Amos of Botswana (800m), Francine Niyansaba of Burundi (800m) and Sheila Reid of Canada (1,500m). Aisha Praught, formerly of OTC Elite, will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase for Jamaica.

Former UO standouts Centrowitz and Erik Jenkins compete for the Nike Oregon Project, along with Great Britain’s Mo Farah (5,000m/10,000m), The Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan (1,500m) and Team USA’s Shannon Rowbury (5,000m). Running on his home track, Farah is favored to win gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m for the third straight World Championships.

American record-holder Evan Jager, a silver medalist in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Rio Olympics, heads the contingent from the Bowerman Track Club, while Barlow (Gresham) High School alum Ryan Crouser will attempt to duplicate his 2016 Olympic gold-medal performance in the shot put.

Here’s the official breakdown:

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Devon Allen

Zoe Buckman (AUS)

Johnathan Cabral (CAN)

*Matthew Centrowitz

Phyllis Francis

Johnny Gregorek

Cyrus Hostetler

*Erik Jenkins

Kyree King

Annie Leblanc (CAN)

Deajah Stevens

Ariana Washington

Jillian Weir (CAN)

*Also Nike Oregon Project

OLYMPIC CENTER

Ryan Crouser

BOWERMAN TRACK CLUB

Mo Ahmed (CAN)

Amy Cragg

Courtney Frerichs

Ryan Hill

Shelby Houlihan

Matt Hughes (CAN)

Emily Infield

Evan Jager

Colleen Quigley

OTC ELITE

Nijel Amos (BOT)

Hassan Mead

Francine Niyansaba (BDI)

#Aisha Praught (JAM)

Sheila Reid (CAN)

#former-OTC Elite

NIKE OREGON PROJECT

Matthew Centrowitz

Mo Farah (GBR)

Sifan Hassan (NED)

Erik Jenkins

Shannon Rowbury