Messner races to Finnish line |

Messner races to Finnish line

G. Sean KellyGSPI Sports Editor
Carrie Messner

Carbondale’s Carrie Messner positioned herself nicely for a shot at a spot in the track and field world championships and a possible national title.

Messner posted the second fastest time in the preliminaries of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday at the U.S. track and field championships in Carson, Calif. Her time of 10 minutes, 11.96 seconds was second only to American record-holder Briana Shook, who finished in 10:07.37. “It was pretty easy,” said Messner, a member of Team Asics. “I just ran a really comfortable (pace).”

The times will likely get faster in today’s finals, but Messner, who placed third at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, is confident she will be among the top finishers. Still, “It doesn’t mean I’m not going to have to work hard,” she said.

Messner, Shook and 12 other competitors are scheduled to compete in the finals today at noon (MDT), with the top three finishers qualifying for the world championships in Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 6-14.ESPN2 will carry tape-delayed television coverage of the U.S. championships starting at 3 p.m. today.

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