Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ginnie Powell rolls into semi-finals of 100m hurdles..

Ginnie Powell, formerly of Rainier Beach High School (l) battles Canada's Perdita Felicien in the first round of the women's 100-meter hurdles Monday at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Osaka, Japan. /photo by Paul Merca

OSAKA, Japan—Former Rainier Beach High School standout Ginnie Powell easily advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles Monday morning, finishing second in her heat.

Powell, the two-time American champion, who entered the meet with a season and personal best time of 12.45, looked very smooth and in control as she ran 12.76, 3/100ths of a second behind Canada’s Perdita Felicien.

In other action involving athletes with state of Washington ties, former University of Washington discus thrower Cecelia Barnes, competing in her first world championship, threw 173-11 to finish 13th in her flight, and failed to advance to the finals.

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