Heps had a strong showing tonight at the IAAF World Championships as both Morgan Uceny and Erison Hurtault have advanced in their respective events.
Uceny, the Cornell grad, ran a 4:07.43 in the fastest heat of the day in the 1,500-meter run to advance to the semifinals. The winner of the heat was two-time World Champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain (4:07.04). Fellow Americans Jenny Barringer Simpson (4:10.84) and Shannon Rowbury (4:14.43) also moved forward.
Hurtault had to wait out three subsequent heats to see if his 46.10 would advance and with American Tony McQuay pulling late in the final heat, the Columbia grad did. He will be joined in the semifinals by Americans Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance and LaShawn Merritt, who ran the fastest time of the day (44.35), as well as the Borlee brothers of Belgium, Grenada’s Kirani James and the Bladerunner — Oscar Pistorius of South Africa.
On Friday night, one of Hurtault’s old Columbia teammates — Lisa Stublic, running for Croatia — was 27th overall (2:36:41) in the marathon. The only American in front of Stublic was Tera Moody in 17th (2:32:04) as Kenyans took first, second and third.