Oxy to Host USATF High Performance Distance Classic

Oxy to Host USATF High Performance Distance Classic

 USATF High Performance Distance Classic

LOS ANGELES — Occidental College and Bill Henry Track continue to play a role in the highest level of track and field.


Oxy announced an agreement with USA Track and Field (USATF) on Monday to host the 2014 USATF Oxy High Performance Distance Classic on May 15, bringing a crop of the best runners in the world to Jack Kemp Stadium for the fifth consecutive year.

The meet features 800, 1,500, 3,000-steeplechase and 5,000-meter events.

"We are excited and honored that USA Track & Field has chosen our facility to host the USATF High Performance meet again this year," Occidental track and field coach Rob Bartlett said. "It is a privilege that so many elite athletes will be making use of our great track."

Oxy is a desirable venue because it was built specifically as a training venue for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, with wider turns and a faster surface than most other college track facilities in the country.

Two years ago, the meet included eight athletes who went on to finish in the top nine at the 2012 London Olympics. The most exciting event was the men's 1500, that featured Olympic 10K and 5K gold medalist Mo Farah and 10K silver medalist Galen Rupp, going one and two in the event, just as they did in the 10K in London.

"The meet has gotten bigger and better each year," Bartlett said. "Last year the stands were filled with spectators which made for a really exciting and competitive atmosphere." 


USATF High Performance Distance Classic
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Occidental College

Mission Statement & Goal: To provide a high performance competitive opportunity for elite middle & long distance runners and optimal racing conditions to assist athletes in attaining the IAAF World Championships “A” qualifying standards.

Facility:  Bill Henry Track in Jack Kemp Stadium—a facility that was originally built as a training venue for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.  The wide radius, polyurethane track, windless late afternoon/evening conditions, and pace-setters combine to make this meet a showcase for fast races. 

Meet Directors: Rose Monday (rosarita@swbell.net), Jonathan Marcus (jmar24@gmail.com), Skip Stolley (sstolley@aol.com), and Frank Gagliano.

Rules:  2014 USATF Competition Rules will govern the meet.

Entries: Are now closed

Performance List: A performance list for all events can be found here.

Meet Program: The meet program can be found here.

Local Ground transportation:  Free transportation will be provided to and from the track from the meet hotel.

Practice:  Bill Henry Track will be available for pre-meet practice on Wednesday, May 14, from 4:00pm-8:00pm.   

Bibs and Hip Numbers:  Bibs, hip numbers and wristbands will be available for pickup during the pre-meet practice time on Wednesday, May 14, and beginning at 4:00pm on Thursday, May 15 at the athlete check-in tent. 

Access to the facility: Access to Bill Henry Track on Thursday, May 15 will be limited to only those athletes, coaches, and medical support staff wearing wristbands.

Spectators: There is be an $10 spectator entrance fee for adults and a $5 fee for anyone with a student ID. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Meet Coverage:   USATF.TV are providing video coverage of the meet.   

Final Schedule of Events:  All races will be provided with pace-setters.

7:30 pm  Women’s 3000M Steeplechase

7:50 pm  Men’s 3000M Steeplechase

8:20 pm  Women’s 800 Meters

8:40 pm  Men’s 800 Meters

9:05 pm  Women’s 1500 Meters

9:40 pm  Men’s 1500 Meters

10:20 pm  Women’s 5000 Meters

10:40 pm  Men’s 5000 Meters

Record Bonuses and Prize Money for the 2014 USATF High Performance Distance Classic

USATF Men’s and Women’s Development Committees are pleased to announce that USA Track & Field will provide performance bonuses and prize money for the 2014 USATF High Performance Distance Classic at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Thursday evening, May 15th.

The mission of the meet is to provide an outstanding competitive opportunity for America’s elite middle & long distance runners and optimal racing conditions for them to attain IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games qualifying standards.  Last year, the USATF Distance Classic produced an American Junior Record, 2 meet records, and 12 “A” and 34 “B” qualifying standards for the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.  A total of 56 athletes set new PRs. 

This year, a performance bonus of $1000 will be awarded to an athlete in each of the eight events on the program, should he/she establish a new meet record.  In an event(s) where a record bonus is awarded, no prize money will be presented in that event.  In races where a meet record is not broken, $600 in prize money will be awarded to the event winner and $400 to the 2nd place finisher.  Since this is a USATF Development Committee initiative, only Americans will be eligible for record bonuses and prize money.

Women’s Meet Records
800 Meters- 1:59.48  Alice Schmidt,  USOTC (2011)

1500 Meters- 4:04.60  Katie Mackey, Brooks Racing (2013)

3000M Steeplechase- 9:41.96  Bridget Franek, Nike OTC (2012)

5000 Meters- 15:05.56  Molly Huddle, Saucony (2013)

Men’s Meet Records
800 Meters- 1:44.71  Cory Primm, Unattached (2011)

1500 Meters- 3:34.66  Mo Farah, Nike OTC (2012)

3000M Steeplechase- 8:19.14  Don Cabral, Princeton (2012)

5000 Meters- 13:12.87  Mo Farah, Nike OTC (2012)

Meet History:  In 2013, the USATF High Performance Distance Classic produced one American Junior Record, 2 meet records, and 12 “A” and 34 “B” qualifying standards for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.  A total of 56 athletes set new PRs. 

Please click here for the 2013 meet results.