Furman's Gear To Compete As Member Of Team USA At IAAF World U20 Championships

Kristlin Gear
Kristlin Gear

TAMPERE, FINLAND. -- Furman freshman Kristlin Gear will compete in the 3,000m Steeplechase as a member of Team USA's U20 world team at the 2018 IAAF World Championships July 10-15 in Tampere, Finland.  

The preliminaries of the event will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. EDT), and the race will be shown on NBC Sports Gold Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.  The top three runners in each of the three heats plus the runners with the next six fastest times will advance to the final on Friday (July 13), which will be run at 8:45 p.m. local time (1:45 p.m. EDT). 

Gear, who holds the fifth-fastest start time in the field, qualified for the meet after winning the Steeplechase at the USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships last month.  A native of Fort Meyers, Fla., she took the lead in the third lap and slowly pulled away from the field, winning the race by more than three seconds with a time of 10:28.05.  Gear, who earned honorable mention All-American accolades in the event at last month's NCAA Championships, posted a school-record time of 9:52.71 at the NCAA East Preliminaries to reach the finals, where she placed 24th nationally.

Live results from the meet are available at https://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-u20-championships/iaaf-world-u20-championships-tampere-2018-6082/timetable/byday.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information