The Prefontaine Classic To Host Athletics Kenya 10,000m Olympic Team Selection Event

EUGENE, Ore. – The Prefontaine Classic will host the selection events for this year’s Athletics Kenya 10,000m Olympic teams, the meet announced today.

The women’s 10,000m will now compete at 10:50 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday, May 25 with the addition of Kenya’s top talent in the distance vying to make the team for this year’s Paris Olympic Games. The women’s field is expected to include 2023 world outdoor bronze medalist Beatrice Chebet, who is currently ranked No. 2 globally in the 5,000m and a two-time world cross country champion; Emmaculate Achol, who placed fourth at the 2024 world cross country championships; and Grace Loibach Nawowuna, who is currently ranked eighth in the world over 10,000m and has a personal best of 29:47.42 over the distance. The Olympic qualifying standard for the women’s 10,000m is 30:40.

The men’s 10,000m will be added to the meet’s program at 12:05 p.m. Pacific time. Those expected to make the field include Daniel Simiu Ebenyo, the 2023 world outdoor silver medalist currently ranked No. 1 in the world over 10,000m; Samwel Chebolei, who has a personal best of 27:10.06 in the event; and Benson Kiplangat, the 2021 world U20 champion and 2024 world cross country bronze medalist. The Olympic qualifying standard for the men’s 10,000m is 27:00.

“We are thrilled that Athletics Kenya has once again chosen The Prefontaine Classic to host the selection event for their 10,000m Olympic team,” said Pre Classic co-Meeting Director Jody Smith. “Pre Classic is committed to bringing the world’s best athletes, and the world’s best athletics competitions, to Hayward Field. Hosting the selection event for such a prestigious team is fully aligned with that commitment.”

For an updated schedule for this year’s Prefontaine Classic, please visit For a complete list of updated event entries in this year’s Prefontaine Classic, please visit

Tickets are now on sale, with prices starting at just $27. GA ticket prices increase beginning Monday, May 20, 2024. A stadium seating map can be viewed here ( Fans can purchase tickets online at Customer service inquiries can be answered by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT (1-800-932-3668).


About The Prefontaine Classic

The Prefontaine Classic is the premier track and field meet in the United States. Since its inception in 1975, the meet has been a fixture in the global track and field calendar, earning a reputation for bringing the world’s best athletes to Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. The meet is named after Steve Prefontaine and serves as a “living memorial to Pre” (Bill Bowerman, June 1, 1975). The Pre Classic is a member of the Wanda Diamond League circuit and has been sponsored by Nike since 1978. In 2023, The Prefontaine Classic served as host of the prestigious Wanda Diamond League Final and was the top-ranking meet of all-time in World Athletics’ competition scores. For more information, visit