Perham's Gabriele Anderson 11th in 1500m finals at USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
EUGENE, Ore. -- Gabriele Anderson, of Team USA Minnesota / Asics and formerly of Perham, finished 11th Saturday in the 1500m run finals at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Christin Wurth, of Team Nike, led the entire race increasing her lead as the race ensued but was obviously struggling at the bell of the final lap.
Wurth faded around the last corner. Morgan Uceny of Team Addidas blew past her down the stretch to take the race in 4:03.91.
Jennifer Simpson, New Balance, was second, 4:05.66. Shannon Rowbury and Wurth battled for the third and final qualifying spot for the World Championships.
Anderson finished 11th in a time of 4:17.17.
Video of both of Anderson's races can be found linked to this story.
Anderson finished second in Heat one Thursday at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., to qualify for the finals in the 1500m run.
"I realized at 800...it's going to be slow," Anderson said in a post-race interview from flotrack.org. "You need to get near the front and it's going to get ugly at the end."
Anderson ran most of the race in the middle of the pack until the final lap where she moved to second place and dropped to fifth with 200 meters to go before kicking into a very close finish in a time of 4:14.25. Jennifer Simpson of Team New Balance won the heat in 4:14.20.
Wurth won Heat two in 4:08.32.
Anderson's time was the seventh best in qualifying.
Women's 1500 Meter Run Senior - Final
Place Athlete Name Affiliation Time
1 Morgan Uceny adidas 4:03.91
2 Jennifer Simpson New Balance 4:05.66
3 Shannon Rowbury Nike 4:06.20
4 Christin Wurth Nike 4:06.21
5 Emily Infeld Georgetown University 4:08.96
6 Treniere Moser Nike 4:09.72
7 Brie Felnagle adidas 4:10.33
8 Katherine Follett Brooks 4:11.92
9 Jordan Hasay Oregon 4:12.66
10 Anna Pierce Nike 4:12.84
11 Gabriele Anderson Brooks 4:17.17
12 Jackie Areson unattached 4:25.04
Women's 1500 Meter Run Senior - Prelim
1 Christin Wurth Nike 4:08.32 Q 2 (1)
2 Morgan Uceny adidas 4:08.68 Q 2 (2)
3 Katherine Follett Brooks 4:09.94 Q 2 (3)
4 Brie Felnagle adidas 4:09.95 Q 2 (4)
5 Emily Infeld Georgetown University 4:10.02 q 2 (5)
6 Jennifer Simpson New Balance 4:14.20 Q 1 (1)
7 Gabriele Anderson Team USA Minnesota / Asics 4:14.25 Q 1 (2)
8 Anna Pierce Nike 4:14.32 Q 1 (3)