Details emerging for mid-July meet in North Portland

Jordan Hasay and Tara Erdmann will be the headliners of the Roughrider Twilight Meet on July 15 in North Portland.

Hasay and Erdmann, who both run for Nike’s Oregon Project and are coached by Alberto Salazar, are chasing the 10,000 meters standard (A is 31:45, B is 32:05)  necessary for them to compete at the IAAF World Championships.

That need brought about the necessity for the meet, but it is the staff of the Portland Track Festival who are organizing the event and taking the idea a little further by quickly putting together the most prominent July meet perhaps ever in the city. There is a program developing that will include high school 3,000 meter races, men’s and women’s 800s, a men’s mile, a women’s 3,000 steeplechase, and elite men’s 3,000 and a Fastest Kid in Portland 100 in addition to an elite men’s/women’s 10,000.

A second date, July 19, has also been set aside in case weather conditions are unfavorable to hold the 10K on the 15th. That one event could potentially be moved to the later date.

Roosevelt, located in North Portland, is the high school home of the Roughriders. The school’s upgraded track was finished this spring and is already widely regarded as the best in the city.

More details will come as they are available. Flotrack is on board to webcast it.

For entry information, visit DirectAthletics.com

Open slots are available for the following events (listed here in random order … and there could be adjustments to this list).

Fastest Kid in Portland 100 meters, boys and girls (FYI… Roosevelt’s 4×100 boys relay team placed eighth in the Class 5A Championships)

High School 3,000 meters, boys and girls (a mid-summer prep for cross country season)

Women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase (keeping in mind that three finalists at USAs were from the Bowerman Athletic Club)

Men’s 3,000 meters (possibility of Luke Puskedra here)

Men’s 800

Women’s 800 (A tune-up for Mary Cain perhaps?)

Men’s Mile (Can Trevor Dunbar become Alaska’s first sub-four miler?)

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