SATURDAY SPORTS NEWS/Distance stars return to track, capture High Performance 10,000-meter events on Day 1 of Portland Track Festival

At Lewis & Clark on Saturday night, two local distance runners returned from a break in the action and took the spotlight in the Portland Track Festival.

Each ran — and won — in the High Performance 10,000 meters on the Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium.

Galen Rupp won the men's race in 28 minutes, 18.19 seconds.FLANAGAN

Shalane Flanagan captured the women's race in 31:38.68.

Rupp is from Central Catholic High and the University of Oregon and runs for Nike Oregon Project. This was his first race since he finished second in the Boston Marathon in April. He took the bronze medal in the marathon at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he also finished fifth in the 10,000. He holds the American record (26:44.36) in the 10,000.

Rupp edged Ryan Dohner (28:19.43), with U.S. Army runner Elkanah Kibet third (28:22.31).

Flanagan, a member of the Bowerman Track Club, took herself out of the Boston Marathon because of an injury and hadn't raced since the Olympic marathon.

She pulled away from Saturday's runner-up, Rachel Cliff, who finished in 32:07.94.

The meet continues on Sunday, with the first event at 2 p.m. at L&C.

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