July Road Recap: Straight 800 and Butte-to-Butte
With the US Trials going on, much of July’s focus was the track action at Hayward Field. However, outside of the big track bubble, we had several great performances right here on the roads in Eugene/Springfield, starting with the Butte-to-Butte 5k and 10k in Eugene on July 4th, followed by the Nick Symmonds Straight 800 in Springfield on July 5th! We hope you got to see (or compete in!) at least one of these races, but if not, you can catch up on all results and highlights below:
July 4th Aquafina Butte-to-Butte
In one of Eugene’s biggest road-races, TRE had a great showing. In the 10k, Dan Kremske took 3rd place overall out of 2,481 finishers, with a time of 30:36. He was followed by Rob McLauchlan, who finished in 13th place with a time of 32:12. DJ Flores took home the 5k win in 14:34, which was a good 3 seconds ahead second place. Only the top 6 finishers (out of 1,010 total) broke 15:00 on the challenging course, with Lucas Updike finishing 6th in 14:59.
July 5th Springfield Straight 800
The “rest day” of the Trials was definitely not a rest day in Springfield. The Nick Symmonds 800 is a unique event, in that it is a straight 800m race on the road, with both open races and elite races. With the Olympic Trials going on (in addition to a very nice prize purse) the event drew in very competitive fields for both the men and women. In the men’s elite race, Stephan Bullard continued his strong season, finishing 3rd in a stacked field with a time of 1:48.65 – nearly matching his track PR that he ran the prior week at OSU. The race was won in 1:46.54, which ended up being a world record for the road 800! Stephan’s performance was joined by strong races from Hans Roelle, finishing 8th in 1:51.91, DJ Flores, finishing 9th in 1:51.95, Tripp Hurt finishing 11th in 1:53.60, and Cory Primm finishing 16th. DJ’s performance was particularly impressive, as he also ran the Butte-to-Butte 5k the day before!
Great work by our TRE athletes on the roads so far this month! We’ll have some more road action later this month, so be on the lookout for those details soon 😀