Kelly MacDonald Takes Third in the Steeplechase at the U.S.A. Outdoor Track and Field Championships

June 23, 2001

EUGENE, ORE. -- Arizona State's Kelly MacDonald placed third in the women's 3000m steeplechase at the U.S.A. Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

MacDonald, an Oregon native, clocked a personal-best 9:55.49 to take third, just over three weeks since placing third in the steeplechase at the NCAA Championships in Eugene. Lisa Nye (Nike-Portland) won the event with a new American record of 9:49.41, and was followed by NCAA Champion Elizabeth Jackson (Nike) in 9:49.94. The women's 3000m steeplechase is not a World Championships event, thus the top-three finishers will not advance to the world meet as in other events.

An All-American in indoor and outdoor track and cross country, MacDonald won her qualifying heat Thursday in a time of 10:16.48, the second-fastest prelim effort going into today's final. MacDonald, who finished her collegiate track and field eligibility this spring, won Pac-10 titles in both the steeplechase and the 5000m. She has one season of cross country eligibility remaining.

MacDonald was joined by a few of her Sun Devils teammates at this weekend's meet. Marcus Brunson advanced past the first rounds of the 100m and 200m, but failed to make it past the semifinals in both events. Fasil Bizuneh placed 13th in the men's 10,000m (30:17.17), while Tony Berrian (400m) and Anthony Galaviz (110m hurdles) were unable to advance past their preliminary rounds.

Former Sun Devil Dwight Phillips qualified for the World Championships, placing third in the men's long jump final with an effort of 27 feet.

The U.S.A. Outdoor Track and Field Championships serves as the qualifying meet for the U.S. national team that will compete at the World Championships. The top three finishers who have met the qualifying standard for their respective event are selected to the team.

The U.S.A. Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be broadcast Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. on CBS, and also from 2-4 p.m. on ESPN2.

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