Former IU Steeplechaser De’Sean Turner qualifies for Worlds

Former Indiana distance runner De’Sean Turner qualified for the World Championships in Moscow by finishing third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USA Track and Field Championships this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. The release follows.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana track and field alums De’Sean Turner and Andrew Poore raced side by side throughout their college careers in the 3,000m steeplechase. Late in the U.S. final, things must’ve felt familiar. It was Turner who came out on top though, taking third and clinching the final spot on Team USA’s 3,000m Steeplechase team for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on August 10-18. Poore took fourth and will serve as the U.S. alternate for the world championships.

Turner clocked a time of 8:25.56, which is faster than the A standard for the IAAF World Championships, taking third to claim his first spot on a Team USA roster for international competition. Turner, running for New Balance, trains in Bloomington as a member of Team Indiana Elite. Turner was a two-time Big Ten champion in the event and earned three All-America certificates in the steeplechase as a Hoosier. Turner will join Derek Drouin at the World Championships, as Drouin qualified for Team Canada in the high jump on Saturday.

Turner and Poore ran the last lap in third and fourth, battling each other for the final spot on the World team. Poore clocked a time of 8:26.82 for fourth place. The time is a lifetime best for him, shedding nearly five seconds off his career best and within .82 of the IAAF A standard. Poore runs for adidas and trains in Bloomington under IU head coach Ron Helmer, while serving as one of IU’s volunteer assistants.

IU alum Vera Schmitz (formerly Neuenswander) was unable to clear the opening height of 4.30m (14-1.25) in the women’s pole vault.

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