Track and field: Ex-Cal star Montano blazes at Pre

Cal grad Alysia Montano (Alysia Johnson before being married in 2011) ran the second-fastest time in the world this season to win the 800 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

On the same Hayward Field track where she will compete at the Olympic trials in three weeks, Montano ran 1 minute, 57.37 seconds in her season debut in the rain to beat the best American runners by a decisive margin of almost 2 seconds.

Her time was a Pre Classic record and a track record at a facility that has known some fast times.

“I feel great. It was a really nice run. I am so excited of things to come. I feel great about where things are at right now,” Montano said. “I actually appreciated the fact that it did rain. It’s just like London weather. I have so much motivation right now.”

Her mark was just .03 seconds off her two-year-old personal best and ranks her No. 2 in the world for 2012, behind only Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo (1:56.94).

Jeff Faraudo