Thompson-Herah, Ingebrigtsen shine in Pre Classic's record-setting return to Hayward Field - from The Register-Guard
By Elliott Denman
Mr. Frank Ratti had been a truly terrific Shore AC marathoner. He had been a truly terrific Bradley Beach lifeguard and always a stalwart
in all his ventures into lifeguarding competitions - as rower, swimmer, and all that it took. And an outstanding graduate of Asbury Park
High School and Montclair State University.
But "the Pacific Northwest lifestyle" came calling and so Frank moved north and west and eventually to Eugene, Oregon.
Eugene, of course, is "Tracktown USA" and so Frank and dear wife Barbara were officially appointed as
"Shore AC Ambassadors to Tracktown USA."
As such, they are on the scene at almost all of "the big ones" at the wonderful new Hayward Field, most recently at the USA
Olympic Trials, Nike National Scholastics, followed by The Prefontaine Classic.
Frank reports as follows:
"Thompson-Herah, Ingebrigtsen shine in Pre Classic's record-setting return to Hayward Field" headlined our local Eugene Register-Guard
"The Pre Classic finally returned to Hayward Field after a three-year absence due to the stadium renovation and COVID-19."
(Lots of us saw it on TV, but Frank and Barbara were right there on the scene !)
Great "Pre Classic" Moments: "University of Oregon's Hayward Field, 08/21/21. Oregon’s favorite son, Ryan Crouser (Tokyo and Rio Olympic Shot Put Champion) is meet-record-setting (23.15m) winner at the Prefontaine Classic; with six throws greater than 73’4” (22.37m), and each better than second place. And 20-year-old Norwegian demi-god Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Tokyo Olympic 1500m Champion) is Bowerman Mile winner at Prefontaine Classic (in Meet Record 3:47.24). ..... both seen here during their very slow victory lap after the meet today.
"The women's 800m saw "the Pride of Trenton New Jersey," 19-year-old Olympic Champion Athing Mu win in 1:55.04,
the 2021 World Leader, National Record, Meet Record, and Personal Best.
Etc, etc, etc.
"The stadium appeared fuller with fans than the Olympic Trials in June, and certainly more than at the Tokyo Olympics.
"We are looking forward to the 2022 World Championships! "
Frank D. Ratti.