U of M Women - Deering, Alums Compete in Eugene at USA Junior Championships

U of M Women - Deering, Alums Compete in Eugene at USA Junior Championships

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Freshman thrower Kayla Deering of the University of Michigan women's track and field team competed in the shot put at the junior USA Outdoor Championships during Friday's (June 26) action at the University of Oregon's Historic Hayward Field, while a pair of alums competed in the 1,500m run and another ran in the 800m race.

The freshman from Pigeon, Michigan, fouled on her first two attempts, but measured a 44-10.25 ft. (13.67m) throw on her third and final attempt. Deering finished 13th, and was unable to advance to the eight-woman final.

Former U-M great and American Olympian Geena (Gall) Lara competed in the 800m run, crossing at 2:04.49 to place seventh in the first heat. Lara was not able to advance, as she required a top-four finish from the semifinal.

Two Wolverine alums also ran in the 1,500m race, but neither was able to qualify for Sunday's final. Current volunteer assistant coach Rebecca Addison was competitive in the first heat, but her late move with about 50 meters to go led to a fall. In a slower heat, Addison made a move on the inside coming down the stretch and stumbled, crossing at 4:28.06.

Fellow alum Amanda Eccleston ran in the much faster second heat. Eccleston ran with the tight bunch of throughout the race, and with about 150 meters to go, a group of a half-dozen separated from her. She still ran an impressive 4:13.33 to finish seventh, and was the first time out of qualifying.

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