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Alysia Montano advances to 800 U.S. final

Also on the day, COC's Anthony Fowler runs in 400 Junior race

Posted: June 21, 2013 5:04 p.m.
Updated: June 21, 2013 5:04 p.m.

Canyon graduate Alysia Montano 800-meter heat at the U.S. Championships athletics meet on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Canyon High graduate Alysia Montano moved on to the 800-meter final on Friday by winning her heat in the event at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Earlier in the day, College of the Canyons freshman Anthony Fowler finished up his record-breaking season on Friday at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which was going on at the same location.

Coming into the 800 semifinal as the top qualifier from Thursday’s prelim, Montano ran a heat-winning time of 2 minutes, 0.14 seconds to move on to Sunday’s final with the No. 2 overall time.

Montano will be looking for her fifth overall U.S. championship in the 800 and her third in a row when she races on Sunday at 1:04 p.m. Pacific Time.

As for Fowler, he was 13th overall in the qualifying round of the 400-meters with a time of 48.63 seconds, which wasn’t good enough to move on to the finals.

Running against some of the top runners in the nation who are under the age of 20, Fowler finished fifth in his heat. The University of Illinois’ Juan Paul Green was the event’s top qualifier in 46.59.

Earlier this season at the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California championships, Fowler ran the event in a school-record 47.49 seconds.

Fowler is one of four COC athletes to compete at the Junior Championships. He ran one day after fellow COC freshman Tim White won the triple jump national title.

Santa Clarita Valley resident Allyson Felix is also racing this week in the 200. Her semifinal in the race is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Pacific Time Saturday with the final to follow on Sunday.

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