Rio Athlete Spotlight: Devon Allen
Meet Devon Allen the 2016 winner of the Olympic trials 110 meter hurdles and Oregon Ducks receiver
In 2014, Devon Allen was only a freshman at the University of Oregon but was already making waves for the ducks having helped the team secure their ticket to the National Championships. However, Allen found himself unable to join his teammates on the field against Ohio State. During the Playoff finals against Florida State Devon Allen found himself limping toward the sideline after being taken down by a Seminole. The limp turned out to be a torn ACL in his right leg.
Nine months of being unable to compete due the injury took Allen off the filed and the track. Perhaps more impressive than his freshman football season is Devon Allen’s track career. The receiver also hurdles for the Ducks prestigious track and field program whose home stadium, Hayward field was the venue for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
On his home track, competing against the best athletes in the country Allen took his mark in the blocks. Less than 14 seconds later Devon Allen found himself on his way to representing the United States of America on the world biggest stage. The Duck currently ranks in the world and has high ambitions toward the future. Allen states he would like another crack at a national track and football championships as well as a super bowl appearance. “(They ) are really lofty goals, But the way things are going now, I think that’s totally attainable.” States Allen. The way things are going it’s safe to say we agree.
Allen contributes his skill as an athletic to participating in both sports. With football in the fall, track spanning winter and spring he comes into both sports in better shape than most. Be on the look out for Devon Allen this upcoming month as he competes for gold in the 110m hurdles and in years to come at the Super Bowl