U of M - Future and Former Wolverines Impress on Third Day of USAs
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» Shannon Osika and Amanda Eccleston took top-10 finishes in the 1,500 meters final.
» Incoming freshman Camille Davre placed third in the junior section of the 1,500-meter final.
» Two-time Olympian Jeff Porter advanced to the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Departed standouts and incoming freshmen from the University of Michigan track and field teams excelled in day-three action at the USATF Outdoor Championships on Saturday (June 24).
Former Wolverines Shannon Osika and Amanda Eccleston both finished top-10 in the senior 1,500 meters final, future Wolverine Camille Davre took top-three honors in the junior 1,500 meters final, and two-time Olympian Jeff Porter moved one step closer to making the Team USA roster in the 110-meter hurdles for the 2017 IAAF World Championships later this summer.
Osika and U-M volunteer assistant coach Eccleston finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in the 1,500-meter final in 4:10.29 and 4:10.96. The pair were part of a four-woman pack between sixth and ninth that all finished within a three-quarters of a second of each other.
Osika led the way halfway through the race and was in position at the bell for the final lap in fourth to challenge for one of the three Team USA spots in the event.
In the junior 1,500-meter final, incoming freshman Davre -- a 10-time state champion in Wisconsin -- took third overall in 4:23.50.
In non-distance action, two-time Olympic hurdler Porter moved in on his goal to make his first World Championships team. Running in the first of three rounds, Porter posted the fifth-fastest time in the field in 13.64 (-0.3m/s wind) to finish second in his heat.
He will compete in the semifinals at 1:04 p.m. PDT Sunday with the final to follow at 2:53 p.m. PDT. The top four finishers in each of the two semifinal heats will comprise the eight-man final.
Volunteer assistant distance coach and former U-M standout Mason Ferlic rounds out the slate of Wolverines competing at USAs in Sunday's 3,000-meter steeplechase final. The former NCAA champ will run at 2:16 p.m. PDT.
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