Track & Field: Labonté wins title; Moline advances

2013-06-22T00:00:00Z 2013-06-22T00:10:24Z Track & Field: Labonté wins title; Moline advancesStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

UA's Julie Labonté won the shot put title at the Canadian National Championships on Friday in Moncton, New Brunswick, and UA alum Georganne Moline had the best time in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Labonté, an Arizona senior-to-be, won with a season-best toss of 57 feet 11 inches (17.65m) and has punched her ticket for the World Championships. She also will represent Canada in the World University Games, which start July 9.

Moline ran the 400 hurdles in 55.04 seconds and advanced to today's semifinals. The finals of the event are Sunday.

T'erea Brown, competing for Adidas, had the second-best time, 55.37.

"I feel like I definitely accomplished what I needed to accomplish," Moline said in a news release. "The goal was to win my heat, and I did that. I have to work on getting off the hurdle better and keeping my quick cadence, but overall I feel confident, and as always, I'm excited!"

UA alum Jake Arnold was in ninth place in the men's decathlon after the first day Friday. He had 3,796 points, 653 off the leader, Gunnar Nixon.

Two other athletes with ties to the UA failed to advance at the U.S. meet. LaTisha Holden, a UA volunteer assistant coach, was 23rd in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.23. UA alum Nick Mossberg no-heighted in the pole vault.

In the 100 meters, Tyson Gay put his surgically repaired hip to the test.

Down early against Justin Gatlin after a slow start, Gay had to crank it up a level.

The hip responded just fine. And with it any doubts about Gay's health instantly vanished as he roared back to beat Gatlin to capture the 100 meters.

Gay finished in 9.75 seconds, the fastest in the world this season. Gatlin, wearing a support bandage on his tweaked right hamstring, was second. Charles Silmon took third as he held off Michael Rodgers by .002 of a second for the last spot on the team headed to Moscow for the world championships in August.

"That," Gay said, his grin growing wider, "went good."

In the women's 100, Oregon star and NCAA champion English Gardner, who just recently turned pro, captured the title, breezing past the field even on a balky ankle. Octavious Freeman was second, and Alexandria Anderson took third to earn spots to worlds.

"I really came out and performed well," Gardner said. "It's going to be a long haul, me and this ankle. It's a very emotional battle."

In Kingston, Jamaica, Usain Bolt clocked a 9.94 seconds in the 100 meters to win the finals of the Jamaica national championships.

Bolt said he's revving up for the year's biggest event, the world championships in Moscow in August.

Behind Bolt was Kemar Bailey-Cole at 9.98 and Nickel Ashmeade at 9.99. Former world record holder Asafa Powell did not finish in the top three to qualify for the worlds.

Includes material from a news release

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