Jan. 13, 2014
Galen Rupp at 2013 Terrier Invitational (Flotrack) | Galen Rupp Chasing Records Trailer #2 (Flotrack)
Multi-Team Meet Schedule (Jan. 16) | Watch Multi-Team Meet (Flotrack)
BOSTON - Highlighted by members of the Nike Oregon Project, including Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp, a world-class group of athletes is expected to compete at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center during the 2014 indoor season.
Every year, the Track and Tennis Center attracts some of the fastest athletes in the country to compete on the oval that has been nicknamed “The Launch Pad.” Beginning with the Multi-Team Meet on Jan. 16, the 2014 home meet schedule is shaping up to be the most prolific in BU history. It has been confirmed Rupp’s professional training group, the Nike Oregon Project, will compete at the Multi-Team Meet and the John Thomas Terrier Invitational (Jan. 24-25). In addition, Rupp will return one final time to try and better his mile mark at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Feb. 8.
Rupp, who won silver in the 10,000m run at the 2012 Olympics, is no stranger to the TTC. At last year’s Terrier Invitational, in front of a capacity crowd, Rupp ran the fastest mile in the world, indoor or outdoor, in 2013 and the second fastest mile by an American ever (3:50.92). Other runners from the Oregon Project include World Championship bronze medalists in the 1,500m, Matt Centrowitz and Shannon Rowbury, multiple-time US champion and World Championship and Olympic competitor Treniere Clement, recent NCAA standouts and Olympic competitors Jordan Hasay and Cam Levins, and high school phenom Mary Cain, who recently turned professional and joined the group.
"We're excited about having the Oregon Project come to our track again," director of track & field Robyne Johnson said. "The atmosphere at last year's Terrier Invitational was fantastic and we hope it can be replicated again this season. We're glad that world-class athletes consider our track fast and want to try and break records here. In addition, I coached Shannon Rowbury on a Decanation team and it will be great to see her again."
The Nike Oregon Project's competition schedule is confirmed as follows:
Jan. 16 – Multi Team Meet
Women's 1,000m (7:30 p.m.): Mary Cain, Treniere Clement, Shannon Rowbury, and Morgan Uceny
Men's 5,000m (7:40 p.m.): Galen Rupp, Cam Levins and Sam Chelanga
Jan. 24-25 – John Thomas Terrier Invitational
Women's Mile: Shannon Rowbury, Jordan Hasay, Mary Cain and Treniere Clement
Men's 1,000m: Matt Centrowitz
Men's 2-mile: Galen Rupp
Feb. 8 – David Hemery Valentine Invitational
Men's Mile: Galen Rupp
In addition to the Oregon Project coming to the TTC, the Zenith Velocity Track Club based out of New York will be in attendance at the Terrier Invitational on Jan. 25. Athletes competing for Zenith include the reigning Olympic 400m bronze medalist, Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago. Gordon holds the TTC facility record in the 200m dash at 20.58 seconds and will look at add to his record collection in the 500m dash.
Looking to challenge Gordon’s 200m record will be Zenith teammate and former NCAA runner-up in the 200 dash, Akheem Gauntlett, who holds an indoor personal best mark of 20.62 seconds. In the middle distances, the second fastest indoor athlete in the world in 2013 in the 800m run, Leoman Momoh, will be in action in the 800m as well. Finally, Zenith Velocity will close out the meet in the 4x400m relay and likely make a strong run at cracking the facility record of 3:06.98.
Tickets may be purchased at the Track and Tennis Center on the day of competition. Admission to all of these events will be $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and free for children under 3.