EUGENE, Ore. – Three Oregon incoming freshmen were in action at the first day of the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, Tuesday, kicking off the events arrival in the United States.
Ariana Washington won her heat of the women’s 100 in 11.67. Washington, who set a personal-best of 11.22 in the event earlier this season said she was able to save a little for tomorrow’s semi-final and finals races, where she has goals of bettering that personal record and making the medals podium. The achievement would be a great start to her career at Hayward field.
“It would mean a lot to me (to medal) because it would be setting off my career as an Oregon Duck already before I even get here,” Washington said.
But even though she is new to the area, hailing from Long Beach, Calif., the TrackTown USA community has already made an impact on her while running at her home track.
“The fan base for Oregon track and field is great,” she said. “It’s amazing, they know everybody, and what they do, and it builds my confidence a lot.”
American Champion heptathlete Ashlee Moore started the competition by taking second in the 100 hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.59. She followed with another strong event, the high jump, and cleared 5-8 (1.73m) which was ninth and put her to fifth at the end of the morning session.
In the afternoon session, the Phoenix, Ariz., native threw 32-4.75 (9.87m) in the shot put before finishing seventh overall in the 200 with a time of 25.05 to finish the day in 11th place with 3,331 points.
“I’m enjoying the experience,” Moore said. “I’m happy to be out here, I’m happy to represent the USA.”
Raevyn Rogers suffered from an unfortunate collision in the women’s 800 first round. Rogers led a majority of the first lap when her feet were clipped from behind with 500 meters remaining. The incoming freshman stumbled and could not regain her rhythm for the remainder of the race, finishing sixth.
Even though Rogers was disappointed with the situation, she refused to make excuses, and instead said she would try to use the race as a tool to get better.
“The way I see it is I have to become stronger mentally and work on keeping my game plan when things like that happen.”
Competition will resume, Wednesday at 10 a.m. Washington, Moore, Christian Brennan and Eugene native Maggie Schmaedick will all be competing.