Eugene, Ore. (AP) -- They all had stories about how the distance runner known as “Pre" gave them motivation. How they considered it an honor to race in his backyard, in his signature event, at one of the biggest track meets in the world.
The presence of the late Steve Prefontaine looms large around these parts. This is the house that Pre built (even if Hayward Field has been renovated and resurfaced). The 5,000 meters was Pre's race.