Centrowitz follows in father's footsteps on track

PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

Rising middle-distance runner Matthew Centrowitz is chasing his father's footsteps with a chance for everything to come full circle on Oregon's famed oval track.

It was at Hayward Field, nearly 36 years ago, that Matt Centrowitz -- a brash kid from New York brimming with confidence -- became a surprise Olympian in the middle of his collegiate career with the Ducks.

Decades later, his son followed his dad's lead to Oregon, etching his name into the school's record book in the 1,500 meters before electing to skip this season -- his final year of eligibility -- to turn pro.

A tough decision, but the 22-year-old figured new opportunities and bigger races would only benefit him in the long run.