Messner has off day in finals |

Messner has off day in finals

G. Sean Kelly
Post Independent Sports Editor

Carrie Messner’s run at the world track and field championships came to a close Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

The Carbondale resident, who placed third in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Nationals, came in 15th in the World Championships women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase finals.

The time of 10 minutes, 11.20 seconds was well off the mark of 9:47.47 Messner posted in Saturday’s preliminary qualifier. Her prelim time was a personal record.

“Running a 10:10 steeple hurts just as much as a 9:10,” the USA Track and field Web site quoted Messner as saying after the event. “It’s a hard event, and you’re going to have your ups and downs.”

Docus Inzikuru, of Uganda, won the inaugural women’s steeplechase at the worlds, ahead of Yekaterina Volkova of Russia and Jeruto Kiptum of Kenya. Inzikuru led throughout the race and finished with a course record of 9:18.24. Volkova came in at 9:20.49, and Kiptum clocked a 9:26.95 for a new Kenyan record.

The only other U.S. runner to qualify for the finals was Elizabeth Jackson, who took ninth in the race with a 9:46.72.

This was the first women’s steeplechase at the worlds, but it is still not an Olympic event ” something Messner would like to see change prior to the 2008 Games in Beijing.

“I’d like to think we can get more steeples (events) over here,” she said. “I think people like it. I think it’s exciting.”

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