Coach's Update

Lane rain! OSU, marathons, more...

Hello, UO Running Club — (Sunday, April 14, 2024)

It rained more than we thought it would, but we were competitive in a short meet at Lane CC yesterday. Our Club had entries in eleven events including two in the field.

And tomorrow Emma McEvoy, Henry Axon and Quinn Wilcox are running the Boston Marathon!

We did not get invited to fill fields in any Oregon Relays elite events next week. Ben McGrath and I will be the stadium announcers for most of the high school events both days.

Our next track meet is the OSU High Performance in Corvallis on Friday-Saturday, April 26-27. The 200m dash and 400m hurdles are Friday early afternoon. Races 1500m and longer are Friday night. Races 800m and shorter, plus the 4x1 and 4x4 are on Saturday afternoon. Details below. Early deadline!

That Saturday is also the Krusteaz 5km road race here in Eugene. Watch out for FlapJack and FlapJill! And the Eugene Marathon and Half are on Sunday!

I’m having cataract eye surgery again on Monday morning so will not be at Monday’s 3pm session.


Newcomers who join the Running Club during spring term must pay a $20 fee. Instructions are near the bottom of this email.

If you wish to race and you want to buy a green singlet with the yellow O, you must pay $25 cash. I have the singlets at our 3pm sessions and at the 6pm track workout.


Entry nominations are due to me by 11:00am on Monday, April 22. Contact or text me at 541-954-0263.

We probably will not be able to provide transportation to Corvallis for the early afternoon session on Friday (200m, 400mH).

We probably WILL provide transportation to the evening distance races on Friday and to the whole running schedule on Saturday.

Tentative schedule for OSU – Subject to Change after Entries

Friday, April 26, 2024
2:30 PM 400m Hurdles Women
2:45 PM 400m Hurdles Men
3:00 PM 200m Women
3:20 PM 200m Men

Session 3: Friday, April 26, 2024
4:20 PM 5000m Women – Open Section 1
4:45 PM 5000m Women – Open Section 2
5:10 PM 5000m Men – Open Section
5:30 PM 1500m Men – Open Section A
5:36 PM 1500m Men – Open Section B
5:42 PM 1500m Men - Heat 1
5:50 PM 1500m – Women – Open Section - Heat 1
5:57 PM 1500m – Women – Open Section – Heat 2
6:04 PM 1500m – Women – Open Section – Heat 3
6:11 PM 1500m – Women – Open Section – Heat 4
6:18 PM 1500m – Women – Open Section – Heat 5
6:25 PM 1500m – Women – Invitational Section
6:32 PM 1500m – Men – Invitational Section
6:45 PM Steeplechase – Men – Invitational
7:05 PM Steeplechase – Women – Heat 1
7:20 PM Steeplechase – Women – Invitational
7:35 PM 5000m – Men – Heat 1
7:55 PM 5000m – Women – Invitational
8:15 PM 5000m – Men – Invitational
8:35 PM 10K – Women – Invitational
9:15 PM 10K – Men – Invitational

Saturday, April 27, 2024 – DAY TWO
Session 5:
1:45 PM OSU Senior Recognition Ceremony
2:00 PM 4 x 100m – Women
2:05 PM 4 x 100m – Men
2:15 PM 800m – Men
2:50 PM 800m – Women
3:30 PM 800m – Middle School Challenge – Boys
3:35 PM 800m – Middle School Challenge - Girls
3:45 PM 100m Hurdles
4:00 PM 110m Hurdles
4:15 PM 400m - Women
4:25 PM 400m - Men
4:40 PM 100m – Women
4:50 PM 100m – Men
5:05 PM 4 x 400m – Women
5:15 PM 4 x 400m - Men


Women —

1. Bryn Callie 12:35.88 PR, #4 on Club all-time list

4 x 100m Relay
2. Maddi Klink, Ayano Toyose, Simiyah Williams, Ananya Khanna 52.41

1. Avery Hackenberg 4:51.17 PR, #6 on Club all-time list
3. Keaton Ibendahl 4:59.94

2. Ayano Toyose 1:01.71

100m (wind +1.3mps)
5. Ananya Khanna 13.50 #7 on Club all-time list
6. Simiyah Williams 13.81 #10 on Club all-time list
7. Sarah Waining 14.33

200m (wind -0.4mps)
6. Ayano Toyose 27.98

Men —

3. Owen Serricchio 3:57.84
4. Juan Muñoz Martinez 4:04.09
8. Henry Domnarski 4:16.52 PR
12. Toby Brewster 4:37.02
13. Chandler Gorham 4:37.69 PR
14. Ben Blonigen 4:53.96
15. Jackson Snowden 4:59.68

5. Carter Schoon 51.51 #8 on Club all-time list
6. Dominique Valrey 51.96 #10 on Club all-time list
7. Nicholas Case 55.87

100m (wind +0.5mps)
7. Barrett Lindholm 11.87
8. Colton Sheperd 12.40
9. Gary Le 12.62
10. Leo Bush 12.75

2. Miles Freightman 1:58.36
5. Donovan Smith 2:00.86
6. Carter Phillips 2:01.37
8. Juan Muñoz Martinez 2:04.64
11. Mohamed Ahmed 2:05.39 2nd in section #2
12. Grady Kemp 2:06.72 3rd in section #2
15. Ben Blonigen 2:36.36 6th in section #2

200m (wind +0.5mps)
4. Dominique Valrey 23.62 2nd in section #2
6. Barrett Lindholm 23.91 3rd in section #2
7. Nicholas Case 24.41 4th in section #2
8. Colton Sheperd 26.39 2nd in section #3

7. Nate Lew 18:20.79

4 x 400m Relay
2. 3:30.01 #6 on Club all-time list
Carter Phillips 52.6
Miles Freightman 52.4
Juan Muñoz Martinez 54.8
Patrik Balazs 50.1 #2 split on Club all-time list

Long Jump
8. Gary Le 5.75m = 18-10.5 (wind +0.3mps) #6 on Club all-time list

Triple Jump
3. Gary Lee 11.05m = 36-3 (wind -1.5mps) #7 on Club all-time list


You can always enter a meet ON YOUR OWN “unattached”, pay your own entry fee, and provide your own transportation. Your first step is to create a free account at

That includes the Raider Invitational down in Ashland OR next weekend, both Friday and Saturday. Their entry deadline is Monday night at midnight:


Monday, April 15 — 3pm at IM field: easy run, optional strides, abs, planks.

Tuesday, April 16 — 6pm (YOU MUST BE ON TIME. The gate opens and closes at 6pm.) Do your warmup run before arrival at southeast corner of Hayward Field across from the fire station on Agate at 17th.

You get to create the workout Tuesday. The only requirement is that you try to run a bit faster on each rep. You get to determine the distance and pace of the rep and recovery. You figure it out; you’re smart. Bob and I will time it!

(Next week is the “All 300’s All the Time” workout…)

Sprinters: Michael Donawa’s workout, or —
4 x 50m (relaxed stride...jog into it) walk back
1 x 200m (high quality) 5:00+ rest
relay hand offs for 4 x 100m, or pick one --
a) 6 x 100m on the minute...start one every minute, or
b) 2 x 300m (high quality) with 5:00 rest, or
c) 4 x 40m thru the speed zone...(30m buildup, 40m high quality, 30m ease out) walk back

Wednesday, April 17 — 3pm at IM field: easy run, optional strides, abs, planks.

Thursday, April 18 — 3pm at IM field: easy run, optional strides, abs, planks

Friday, April 19 — 3pm at IM field: An easy end-of-the-week run or cruise intervals:
3-5 x 4:00 (lactate threshold) with 1:00 jog recovery.

Saturday, April 20 — An exploring run on your own, or recovery run on own.

Sunday, April 21 — Your longest run of the week, on your own. ‘Just a week ’til Eugene Half-Marathon, Marathon and 5km. Marathoners, a relaxed, enjoyable run! “The hay is in the barn”.


If you’re joining Club in spring term, the fee is just $20. (Buying a racing singlet costs an additional $25 cash.)

86 people have already paid their fee for Club. How about you?

Your first week of Club attendance is free. After that it’s $20 for the rest of spring term. What a bargain! Here’s how you can pay:

— Bring $20 cash to any workout, or
— Bring a check for $20 made out to “UO Running Club”, or
— Go online to this link, click on “relaunch”, then scroll down to Running Club: — Go online to our website, In the upper right corner click on “donate”, then “electronic donation”. We are the Club Sports Running Fund. If you donate this way, please let me know. I don’t have easy access to who donates this way.

Thank you, one and all!


Who are Flapjack and Flapjill? It’s a secret, kinda!

The biggest road races of the year in Eugene are on Saturday, April 27 (5km), and Sunday, April 28 (Eugene Marathon and Half-Marathon). They all finish in Hayward Field! Here’s the link:

In the 5km race, if you beat Flapjack (men) or Flapjill (women), you win a year’s supply of Krusteaz pancake mix...


These are all meets which at least some of our athletes might have access to.
We will NOT attend all of them.

Fri-Sat, Apr 26-27 | OSU High Performance | Corvallis
                [our fastest runners might qualify]

Fri, May 3 | Oregon Twilight | Hayward Field
                [our fastest runners might qualify]

Sat, May 4 | Portland Twilight | Lewis & Clark
                [many of our runners might qualify]

Sat, May 11 | Portland Distance Carnival | Lewis & Clark


For the 2023-24 school year, all Club members, both returning and new, must sign up before actually running with the group. If you signed up during fall term ‘23, that covers you for the whole school year.

Here’s the link:

Tom Heinonen



Who we are. What we do!

UO Running Club gives students the chance to get together to run, train and race. Most of our sessions are steady runs. A couple of days each week we offer harder training sessions (intervals, repetitions, hills, tempo runs, cruise intervals).

The club is coached by Tom Heinonen, a member of the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame who coached the University of Oregon women for nearly three decades. In his time coaching the women, he transformed the team from a young program into an NCAA powerhouse. He retired in 2003 and has been coaching the Running Club since.

In 2021 Bob Williams has begun to coach with the Club too, after many years coaching in Portland.

In the Fall we compete in collegiate cross country races throughout Oregon.

In the Spring, we enter in collegiate track meets. Several of our runners earn the opportunity to race at Hayward Field each spring. There are road races throughout the year. We have a wide range of talent and commitment levels, from recreational runners to Club record breakers.

Club members receive an e-mailed workout schedule for the following week every Sunday.

All running sessions are optional. To join, just show up to one of the practices or contact one of us.

The Running Club is a great way to get together with students and to enjoy running!



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