Harper Barely Misses Steeplechase Finals

Freshman Amy Menlove will compete Friday in the long jump at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy.

GROSSETO -- At the IAAF World Junior Championships, BYU freshman Amber Harper barely missed the finals in the inaugural women's 3,000-meter steeplechase Tuesday after placing sixth in the first heat.

She finished in 10:32.96, only three-tenths behind her personal best time, while Cakir Asli of Turkey posted the fastest time in the semi-final race with a time of 10:08.87. At the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships, Harper took second in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Over three weeks ago, she placed second in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2004 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 10:36.88, earning her a spot on the Team USA team.

At the same meet, freshman Amy Menlove took second in the long jump with a personal best mark of 21 feet, one and one-half inches. As a member of the Team USA team, Menlove will also compete this Friday in the long jump.

During her freshman year at BYU, she took 11th in the long jump with a jump of 20 feet, six and one-half inches at the NCAA National Outdoor Championships and captured the MWC indoor and outdoor long jump titles.