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Allen back on track this weekend

EUGENE — The long awaited return of Devon Allen is expected to take place this weekend when the Oregon track and field team competes at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Allen, the 2014 NCAA and U.S. Outdoor 110-meter hurdles champion, is entered in the men’s 60 hurdles. It would be his first competition on the track since winning his U.S. title two summers ago.

Since then, the redshirt sophomore missed the 2015 track season after tearing the ACL in his knee playing in the 2015 Rose Bowl as a member of the Oregon football team.

In his only other indoor season for the Ducks, Allen came in third place at the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet and didn’t qualify for the NCAA indoor meet.

His freshman season outdoors, however, was one for the ages. He set the Oregon school record at the NCAA meet with a time of 13.16 seconds — second fastest in NCAA history — and ran the same time at the U.S. outdoor meet a few weeks later against a field that included Olympic silver medalist Jason Richardson, three-time U.S. champion David Oliver and USC’s Aleec Harris, who beat Allen for the Pac-12 Conference title earlier in the season.

Allen returned to the Oregon football team last fall.

The 60 hurdle prelims at the Razorback Invitational are scheduled for Friday with the semifinals and finals taking place Saturday.

Allen isn’t the only member of the football team competing this weekend. Fellow wide receiver Kirk Merritt and running back Tony Brooks-James are both entered in the 60.

Brooks-James ran 6.79 at the UW Preview meet two weeks ago and Merritt, a freshman, made his Oregon track debut last Friday with a win at the Hall of Track High Performance Meet in Portland in 6.86 running unattached.