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Oregon Athletes in Action As World Junior Championships Get Underway
By Steve Ritchie / Special to the Statesman Journal
July 22, 2014

Arianna Washington
Ashlee Moore
Raevyn Rogers
Eugene - Before the colorful opening ceremonies took center stage, three University of Oregon incoming freshmen - Arianna Washington, Ashlee Moore and Raevyn Rogers - got down to business on day one of the World Junior Championships at Historic Hayward Field on Tuesday.

Arianna Washington enjoyed the best day of the three young women, who are rooming together at the UO this summer. Washington won her qualifying heat in the 100 meters, clocking 11.67 seconds, the ninth-fastest of the day, to move on to Wednesday evening's semifinals. The women's 100 meter finals are scheduled for 8:40 pm Wednesday.

Multi-event athlete Ashlee Moore had by far the longest day, as the heptathlon got underway at 10 a.m. and didn't wrap up until nearly 8 p.m. Moore started the day strong, running 13.59 in the 100 hurdles, the second-fastest time of the 24 competitors. She kept that momentum going through the high jump, clearing 5-8, which tied her for the sixth-best mark.

But the petite Moore struggled in the shot put. Her best mark was 32-4.75, which was 23rd overall out of the 24 competitors. Moore bounced back in the 200 meters, the day's final event, with a time of 25.05, which put her in 11th place going into the second and final day of the heptathlon on Wednesday. A medal looks to be out of reach for Moore, but a strong day could give her a top ten finish.

Thought to be a likely finalist, and perhaps a medal contender, Raevyn Rogers had a disappointing race in her 800 heat and did not move on to the semifinals. Rogers, who won the U.S. Junior Championships on the Hayward Field track just over two weeks ago, likes to lead in races, and that got her into trouble on Tuesday.

Running with Maximila Imali of Kenya and Zeyituna Mohammed of Ethiopia in the lead on a fast first lap, Rogers attempted to move past Imali to the rail in lane one. As she did, Imali appeared to accidentally clip Rogers' heel, throwing her off balance and causing her to stumble and nearly fall. Rogers regained her balance, but the contact seemed to cause her to lose her running rhythm and she was unable to respond when the other two runners made a strong move on the backstretch. Rogers faded down the homestretch and ended up sixth in 2:08.01.

"I was moving towards the inside and got tripped up and it all went wrong," Rogers told reporters after the race. "Everything happens for a reason."

The only final on Tuesday was the men's 10,000 meters, which concluded after deadline.


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