EUGENE, Ore. Former Weber State All-American and current Wildcat assistant coach Lindsay Anderson is Beijing-bound, having placed second in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase finals Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Anderson, who set the NCAA record in the event last year (since broken by Colorado's Jennifer Barringer) and placed second in the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships, clocked in at 9 minutes, 30.75 seconds, behind winner and fellow Nike runner Anna Willard at 9:27.59.
Barringer was third at 8:33.11, with the top three qualifying for the U.S.. Olympic Team, which will compete at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.
Sariah Long, the former Weber State runner who concluded her collegiate career with All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor championships this spring, finished 12th of the 14 steeplechase finalists at 10:00.62.
The men's steeplechase conducted its semifinals Thursday night, with two Utah residents advancing to Saturday afternoon's finals.
Josh McAdams, the former BYU collegiate champion, finished third in his head and fifth overall with a time of 8:26.47. Running professionally for New Balance, McAdams who won the 2006 NCAA steeplechase title as well as the top spot in the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships and Pan American Games was .6 of a second behind the top time posted by Anthony Famiglietti.
"My coach said to keep it down and keep it safe because he wanted to make sure that I made the top four," said McAdams. "It's all about saving your energy because it's not about who has the fastest kick, but who has the fastest kick after being tired.
McAdams was back in the pack in eighth with three laps to go. "There was a little bit of a wind down the backstretch, so I was conserving my energy," he said.
"I am excited and it went well today," McAdams added. "I was nervous before, but it got some of the nerves out. I usually recover really well between the races, so we will see what's in store."
Ogden resident Michael Spence the former Princeton runner who is with IBR/Asics and trains with Weber State distance runners finished fifth in the second steeplechase heat and 11th overall with a time of 8:34.84 to be among the 14 finalists advancing to Saturday afternoon.
In the women's 1,500-meter quarterfinals, former BYU and Timpanogos High runner Michelle Lindsay Turner who now runs for the University of Washington finished sixth in the third and final heat and 18th overall at 4:18.79 and is among the 24 runners moving on to tonight's semifinals.