June 22, 2001
Eugene, Or - Gabe Jennings, the 2000 Stanford Olympian, won his heat in the 1,500 meters on Thursday night to advance to the finals at the United States Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Jennings ran 3:40.80, the second-best time among 12 runners who will compete in the finals on Saturday (3:50 p.m.) Michael Stember finished third in his heat and ninth overall in a time of 3:41.43. Freshman Donald Sage finished ninth in his heat at 3:52.61, but did not qualify for the finals.
Bryan Berryhill, the NCAA champion from Colorado State, had the prelims best time at 3:40.47.
In the women's 1,500 meter prelims, Maurica Carlucci earned the 12th and final spot in Saturday's finals (5:05 p.m.) with a time of 4:23.73. Carlucci was eighth in her heat. Sally Glynn, the Pac-10 champion and second place finisher at the recent NCAA Championships, failed to qualify for the finals. Glynn finished fifth in her heat at 4:25.72 and 13th overall.
Sarah Schwald of Nike had the best time in the prelims at 4:18.34.
Laura Turner advanced to Saturday's finals (2:20 p.m.) of the 3,000 meter steeplechase (2:20 p.m.) with a fifth place showing in her heat at 10:20.89. Turner's time was eleventh overall in the prelims. Rebecca Bennion of Weber State had the best time in the prelims at 10:14.34.
The USA Championships serve as the selection event for Team USA at the 2001 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, August 3-12 in Edmonton, Canada. The top three finishers in each event who have met IAAF qualifying standards will make the U.S. squad for Edmonton.