Coach's Update

Two rainy Twilights. Sunny one?

Hello, UO Running Club — (Sunday, May 5, 2024)

It rained the whole meet at Hayward Field on Friday and the whole meet at Lewis & Clark on Saturday! And we did great!

There’s just one more Tuesday evening track workout at Hayward and one more track meet on our schedule (another one at L&C).

After this Tuesday, we’ll go back to 3pm runs every weekday for the rest of spring term.


Women’s 1500m —
16. Avery Hackenberg 4:42.94 PR, 3rd in section 2, #4 on all-time Club list
22. Keaton Ibendahl 4:55.06 SB, 9th in section 2

Men’s 1500m —
18. Patrik Balazs 4:03.09 SB, 8th in section 2
20. Miles Freightman 4:06.13 PR, 10th section 2
22. Carter Phillips 4:07.95 PR, 12th section 2

Men’s 400m Hurdles
2. Brock Nelson 54.25

Complete results and splits at:


Men’s 800m
23. Patrik Balazs 1:56.06 SB, winner of section 4
24. Miles Freightman 1:56.09 PR 2nd in section 5, #9 on Club all-time list
39. Carter Phillips 1:58.72 4th in section 3

Men’s 1500m
46. Juan Muñoz Martinez 4:02.60 SB, 3rd in section 3
70. Henry Domnarski 4:17.46 3rd in section 1

Men’s 400m
3. Dominique Valrey 50.50 SB, winner of section 1, #4 on Club all-time list
Women’s 100m
5. Ananya Khanna 13.13 (wind -0.4mps) SB, #4 on Club all-time list

Men’s 100m
5. Nicholas Case 11.56 (+0.3mps) SB, 2nd section 1
8. Colton Sheperd 12.17 (+0.3mps) SB, 4th section 1
9. Leo Bush 12.46 (+0.3mps) SB, 5th section 1

Women’s 200m
8. Ananya Khanna 28.80 (-0.6mps) 4th in section 1
Men’s 200m
5. Nicholas Case 23.66 SB, winner of section 1 (+0.1mps)
10. Colton Sheperd 25.54 SB, 4th in section 1 (+0.1mps)

Men’s 4x400m Relay
2. 3:23.55 Club record
Dominique Valrey 52.7 #7 leadoff split on Club all-time list
Miles Feightman 50.7 =#4 split on Club all-time list
Carter Phillips 50.3 #3 split on Club all-time list
Patrik Balazs 49.7 fastest split on Club all-time list

Men’s 5000m
4. Owen Serricchio 14:09.84 PR, Club record

Complete results and splits at:


Cam’Ron McDonald raced at the Linfield Open yesterday: 19th in 100m in 11.56 (3rd section 3, wind 0.0mps) and 11th in 200m in 23.10 (7th section 2, wind -1.8mps). His 200m mark is tied for 4th on the wind-legal Club list. Good running!


Monday, May 6 — 3pm at IM field: easy run, optional strides, abs, planks.

Tuesday, May 7 — 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.

This is the 15th and final track workout at Hayward Field this spring.
The hay is in the barn.

**Bring lighter shoes or spikes**

Distance runners and middle distance runners:
2 x 150m (50 float, 50 fast, 50 float) 50m walk
400m (fast and smooth) 400m jog-walk or more
300m (same) 300m jog-walk or more
200m (same) 200m+ jog-walk or more
100m (same, half-curve half-straight)
Optional lactate threshold run on upper concourse...2 laps

Alternative workout...relaxed 400m repeats with just100m jog

Sprinters: Michael Donawa’s workout (Thanks, Michael!), or:
Relaxed strides from standing start —
30m, 40m, 50m, 60m …walk back
200m (fast and relaxed … jog into it)
150m (50m fast, 50m float, 50m fast … jog into it) Do two if you wish.

Wednesday, May 8 — 3pm at IM field: easy run, optional strides, abs, planks.

Thursday, May 9 — 3pm at IM field: easy run, optional strides, abs, planks.

Friday, May 10— 3pm at IM field: An easy end-of-the-week run. Or, pre-race warmup for Portland Distance Carnival.

Saturday, May 11 — An exploring run on your own, or recovery run on own. Or, race at Portland Distance Carnival,

Sunday, May 12 — An easy end-of-season run, on your own. Or a nap!


It’s going to be hot next weekend!

Our final meet of the season is next Saturday, May 11, at Lewis & Clark. Your entry deadline to me is Wednesday, May 8, at 12 noon. Contact or text 541-954-0263.

We will have one van for this meet. Do you want a seat in the van? Club will pay the entry fee for this final meet.

Tentative schedule ... it will change!
3:45pm W 4x100m (1 section)
3:48pm M 4x100m (1 section)
3:55pm W 100mH (1 section)
4:03pm M 110mH (1 section)
4:10pm W 100m (2 sections)
4:20pm M 100m (4 sections)
4:35pm W 400m (2 sections)
4:40pm M 400m (2 sections)
4:50pm W 400mH (1 section)
4:55pm M 400mH (1 section)
5:05pm W 800m (Sections #2-3)
5:13pm M 800m (Sections #2-3-4)
5:25pm W 200m (2 sections)
5:31pm M 200m (3 sections)
5:40pm W 1500m (Sections #2-3)
5:54pm M 1500m (Sections #2-3-4)
6:10pm W 4x400m (1 section)
6:15pm M 4x400m (1 section)
6:20pm M 5k (Section #2)
~15min break before elite distance sections
6:55pm W 800m (Section #1)
7:00pm M 800m (Section #1)
7:05pm W 1500m (Section #1)
7:10pm M 1500m (Section #1)
7:20pm W 3k SC (1 section)
7:35pm W 5k (Section #1)
7:57pm M 3k SC (1 section)
8:10pm M 5k (Section #1)
8:30pm W 10k (1 section)
9:10pm M 10k (1 section)

There are field events at Linfield in McMinnville on Friday, May 10.


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

88 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!


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


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


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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