DES MOINES, Iowa – Laura Roesler wrapped up the 2013 season with a personal best in the 800 meters, while Oregon alumni Galen Rupp and Becky Holliday both earned spots for the IAAF World Championships Sunday at the USA Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.
In a pedestrian men’s 5,000 meter final, Rupp finished second in 14:54.91 as the 2009 UO graduate qualified for the team that will represent the United States in Moscow in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
Holliday made the U.S. world team in the women’s pole vault a year after being a part of Team USA for the 2012 Olympics. The oldest Duck in the competition as a 2003 graduate cleared 14-11/4.55m to finish third.
“I feel like I’m getting into my groove,” said Holliday. “I’ve made two teams the last two years and that’s really big for me.”
Former Duck Melissa Gergel tied for eighth in the pole vault at 14-1.25/4.30m.
Roesler was the top collegian in the women’s 800 meters, finishing fifth in a personal best 2:00.23. That was the third-best time in school history and the fourth fastest in Pac-12 history.
In the men’s 800 meters, Elijah Greer, who signed with Nike prior to the race, ran a PR by two-hundredths of a second in a fourth place finish. The 2013 UO graduate timed 1:45.04 in the final.
In other field action on Sunday, current Duck sophomore Sam Crouser finished 10th in the men’s javelin with a best throw of 231-10/70.67m .
Also in the javelin, UO alum Cyrus Hostetler was 12th at 231-4/70.51m and fellow alum Ryan Brandel finished 14th at 227-2/69.25m.
Meanwhile at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick, sophomore Jillian Weir placed fourth in the women’s hammer with a throw of 199-3/60.74m.
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