Amy Fowler finished eighth in the steeplechase at the Junior World Track and Field Championships in Beijing. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
BYU's Amy Fowler finished eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Chris Carter qualified for the 400-meter hurdle finals at the Junior World Championships Thursday.
One of BYU's brightest upcoming stars, Fowler finished her world championship steeplechase performance with a time of 10:11.73. That time is not far off her personal best of 10:08.12. Tuigong Caroline Chepkurui of Kenya won the race with a time of 9:40.95, and Fowler was the first United States athlete to cross the finish line.
"Amy ran a marvelous race and hung in there with a group of extremely talented women," distance coach Patrick Shane said. "I'm very proud of her and excited for her to have had this opportunity to represent her country and BYU at these Championships. She feels like she's had the opportunity of a lifetime, and she truly has made the most of it."
Another freshman standout, Carter finished the 400-meter hurdles in 50.70, the fastest time of the semi-final competition. The close finishes during the first two days of competition set up a scenario these games were hoping to see; the world's brightest young athletes around the world coming together to represent their country in a spirited race. The 400-meter hurdle finals will take place Friday.