For many, Prefontaine Classic serves as preparation for Olympic Trials

The Prefontaine Classic begins Friday at Hayward Field. It is one of the final meets scheduled before Hayward Field will undergo a major renovation. Photo by Hayden Hererra

EUGENE, Ore. - The 42nd annual Prefontaine Classic began Friday night at Hayward Field. Many athletes are using this competition to prepare for the Olympic trials in July.

The former Oregon Duck, Laura Roesler, ran in the 800m and finished seventh.

She said she never quite had her legs underneath her in the Friday night race. She finished with a time of 2 minutes 2.27 seconds.

Then, in the men's 10K, Mo Farah has not lost in the event since 2011 and he continued that streak with his third finish under 27 minutes. His final time was 26 minutes 53 seconds.

The Oregon product Eric Jenkins, typically a 5K runner, pushed himself in the 10K. He finished at 27 minutes 48.2 seconds.

Both Jenkins and Roesler look to build on their performances while getting ready for the Olympic trials.

"We were hoping for around 27:30, just to kind of get out and, I mean it's still a hard effort so, and I still am pretty fast so still a good, a good day overall but yeah, wishing for a little faster," Jenkins said.

"There's going to be days when you don't have like "A-legs" and you got to be able to run through that so I guess this was a good learning experience," Roesler said.

Eighteen events will take place Saturday. They start at noon.

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