June 1, 2013
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 6 women’s track and field team was represented by senior Georganne Moline at the 2013 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. The meet was held at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. She took second place overall.
Moline’s time of 54.75 was her third-best time of the 2013 outdoor season. Seven of the eight ladies in the competition ran in the Olympic final at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Moline finished behind Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic who clocked a world-leading time of 53.70. She beat the gold medalist at the London Olympics, Natalya Antyukh, who took eighth place with a time of 57.74. Lashinda Demus who holds the American record and earned a silver medal at the London Olympics, took fifth place wit ha time of 55.25 It is the fist time that Moline has beaten Demus.
“It was definitely a learning experience,” Moline said. “My first half of the race was exactly how I wanted it to go, I executed perfectly. But I kind of let my nerves get the best of me and I switched legs too early, at the eighth hurdle, which I never do. I let my nerves get the best of me at that moment but I’m still really excited. The diamond points are exciting for my professional career and I think of it as getting my feet wet. This is really good for me heading into the NCAA Championships and I have a lot of confidence. I think it’s really beneficial that the NCAA Championships are also on this track, I love the support of the fans here and I’ve always enjoyed running here.”
“It was perfect, she did everything she was supposed to do,” head coach Fred Harvey said. “At the seventh and eighth hurdles she got nervous. She set it up perfectly but she got nervous because she was running too fast. She should’ve won that race. I’m ecstatic for her, to run at a Diamond League event like this… The best hurdlers in the world were assembled here. She did herself a lot of good as she goes on into her professional career. It just shows that it doesn’t matter who she is running against, she will come out and get it done. I’m just ecstatic, she beat the gold and silver medalists.”
Volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat earned a fifth-place finish in the 5K with a time of 13:07.76.
Moline and the fellow Wildcats who qualified will compete in the NCAA Championships in Eugene on June 5-8.