Saturday, July 26, 2014

Amy-Eloise Neale finishes 11th in steeple at world juniors...

EUGENE--University of Washington redshirt freshman Amy-Eloise Neale (left/photo by Paul Merca), representing Great Britain, finished eleventh in the finals of the 3000 meter steeplechase on the penultimate day of the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships on a sunny afternoon at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

With temperatures in the mid-80s, Neale found herself in the chase pack as a group of seven took off at a quick pace of 3:12.16 through the first kilometer.  Neale hung on gamely and finished in a time of 10:25.14, well off the 10:17.88 mark run in Thursday's semifinals.

Three places behind Neale was Eastern Washington rising sophomore Paula Gil Echavarria of Spain, who ran 10:56.51, two days after setting a personal best of 10:17.17.

Ruth Jebet of Bahrain won the world junior title in 9:36.74, followed by Kenyans Rosefline Chepngetich (9:40.28) and Daisy Jepkemei (9:47.65).

In Sunday's finale, Camas HS standout Alexa Efraimson looks to add a medal in the women's 1500 to the bronze she won in last year's IAAF world youth championships.  Efraimson, who finished fourth in her heat Friday, will run at 3:55pm.


Following the conclusion of day 5 of the IAAF World Junior meet, the pros took over Hayward Field for the first running of the Run Track Town high performance meet, a meet designed to give American elite track & field athletes an opportunity to run against quality competition without having to travel to Europe in the summer.

Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara won the men's 1500 in a time of 3:39.03.

Riley Masters of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts was fourth in 3:39.97, while teammate Garrett Heath was sixth in 3:40.08.

In the women's hammer, Spokane native Britney Henry, representing Oiselle, finished fourth with a toss of 222-11 (67.96m).

The women's 4 x 800 relay saw a Pacific Northwest all-star team consisting of Oiselle athletes Lauren Wallace and Kate Grace, along with Beasts Erica Moore and Phoebe Wright finish second in a time of 8:08.39 to an all-star squad featuring Laura Roesler, the NCAA 800 champ from Oregon, and world indoor champ Ajee Wilson, who ran 8:07.65 .

NOTE:  British Athletics and TrackTown USA contributed to this report.

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