|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
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.