EUGENE, ORE. -The Road to Eugene '08 is a cooperative effort between the Local Organizing Committee for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, USA Track & Field, and the USATF Athletes Advisory Committee. The meet is a benefit for the Professional Athletics Association (PAA), a newly formed union of professional track and field athletes.
The women's 5,000m was won by three-time Olympian Adrian Fernandez Miranda of Mexico in 15:36.25. 2007 World Cross Country Team USA member Cack Ferrell was second in 15:42.92, a personal best by 22 seconds. Amy Yoder-Begley was third in 16:07.32.
2006 U.S. 5,000m champion Lauren Fleshman battled her way to the win in the women's 1,500m, crossing the line in 4:12.91. Fleshman had hung on training partner Georgie Clark's shoulder through 1,350m and then took off, leaving Clark behind. Clark, of Australia, was second in 4:13.19.
The Road to Eugene '08 continues tomorrow, starting at 2:00 p.m. PT.
Lauren Fleshman - women's 1,500m winner
"I've been training with Georgie, we've been trying to help each other out. The results are coming, I just had a season best. It was real fun to win. Today was just to race and have fun."
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photos Janos Schmidt