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Carbondale woman falls short of Olympics

EUGENE, Ore. ” Carrie Messner-Vickers’ bid for an Olympic bid fell just short.

The Carbondale resident ran out of gas down the stretch during Thursday’s women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase finals at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore, finishing eighth overall with a time of 9 minutes, 49.93 seconds.

Messner-Vickers held with the front-running pack for some time in the oddity of track and field events, which features gates and water puddles with which runners must contend.



Down the stretch, though, it was Anna Willard pulling away for the easy win, setting an American record by timing in at 9:27.59. Joining Willard, who was sporting bright pink streaks in her blonde hair, at the August Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, will be her Nike teammate Lindsey Anderson (9:30.75) and the University of Colorado’s Jennifer Barringer (9:33.11).

It takes a top-three finish at the Olympic trials to represent the U.S. in China.



Lisa Galaviz previously held the national record (9:28.75).

The women’s steeplechase is making its Olympic debut this year, at last joining the men’s version of the event, which has been an Olympic mainstay for some time.


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