Carbondale runner heads to finals |

Carbondale runner heads to finals

EUGENE, Ore. ” Carrie Messner-Vickers’ Olympic dream is still alive.

The Carbondale runner clocked in at 9 minutes, 53.78 seconds in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, good enough for an eighth-place finish that vaulted her into Thursday’s finals.

Finishing atop the 24-runner field was University of Colorado standout Jennifer Barringer (9:48.50). She was followed by Michigan State’s Nicole Bush (9:49.53) and Lindsey Anderson (9:49.71).

Messner-Vickers, a CU alum herself, placed fourth in her heat, which included Barringer.

The women’s steeplechase is making its Olympic debut during the August Summer Games in Beijing, China, this year. Men’s steeplechase has been around for some time.

Messner-Vickers needs a top-three finish on Thursday to make it to China. The finals are scheduled to begin at 10:45 p.m. Mountain time.

Expect the times to go down in the finals.

“Thursday I see a sub-9:30 race,” said Lisa Galaviz, the American record holder (9:28.75) in the event. “It’s going to be a great race. I don’t see those girls coming out jogging.”

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