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Moore and Washington Give Duck Fans a Taste of What’s to Come
By Steve Ritchie / Special to the Statesman Journal
July 23, 2014

Arianna Washington, IAAF World Junior Championships

Eugene – Incoming UO freshman Arianna Washington made it to the finals of the 100 meters at the IAAF World Junior Championships and finished in seventh place in 11.64. But the real story wasn’t her seventh place finish. It was Washington making the finals at all after having to go on a liquid diet due to a problem with her wisdom teeth this week.

“I’ve had a hard week so I was just trying to push through,” Washington said after the race, which was won by Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain in 11.23. “I was just happy to make it to the finals. My wisdom teeth are coming in so I haven’t eaten in like three days. I’ve just been drinking water and drinking milkshakes because it’s kind of swollen and infected . . . my goal was to make the finals and I did.”

Sitting in 11th place after day one of the heptathlon, Ashlee Moore knew her chances of medaling at the World Juniors were slim to none. But the soon-to-be Oregon freshman from Chandler, Arizona put in a strong effort on Wednesday, and was rewarded with a personal best score of 5466, 48 points more than she scored winning the U.S. Junior Championships.

Ashlee Moore, IAAF World Junior Championships

Moore said, while she was happy with finishing 13th here, she was even more excited about the prospect of beginning year-round training as a student-athlete at Oregon.

“I PR’d in my overall score so it’s really all I came here to do,” Moore said. “I did the best I could.

“There’s a lot to work on, so I’m excited to come back for college, especially here, and get to run again and get to work on a few events. There’s definitely a lot of things that can be worked on and fixed.”

Moore said she was a two-sport athlete in high school, playing basketball and doing track. It didn’t leave her much time for preseason conditioning that would help her in the 800 and other events in the heptathlon

“I was a two-sport athlete in high school so I did basketball and track all four years,” Moore said. “Basketball takes up my whole preseason so I don’t get a lot of training. Basketball ends in March so I just go straight from the court to the track so I don’t get a lot of preseason training.

“It’s been amazing (to be part of Team USA). It’s my first USA team and it’s also my last junior team. It’s awesome, I can’t ask for a better experience. For it to be here on my home track, it’s awesome. I definitely know I’ll have a lot of crowd support coming in here next year. Hopefully I can make some people proud and help out the team as much as I can.”

In the opening round of the 400 meters, UO sophomore Christian Brennan ran 54.84 to take third place in a very tight finish. Only 0.3 seconds separated the top six runners in Brennan’s heat, but all six ended up qualifying either by time or place for the semifinals on Thursday evening.

The 19-year-old Brennan, who is competing for her native Canada here, said she was happy to be back at Hayward and hopes the home field advantage will help her make it to the 400 finals. “It’s my home track so I’m used to it. And the fans – it has been amazing. The Hayward magic . . . I’m definitely going to go out harder (in the next round).”

Notes . . . Kendal Williams and Trayvon Bromell made it a one-day finish for the U.S. in the men’s 100 meters, the last event of the day. Williams took the lead early and held off the favored Bromell in a time of 10.23 . . . Attendance on day two at the championships was 7,085, a nice total given that it rained most of the day and the temperatures stayed very cool.


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