TAMPERE, FINLAND. -- Competing as a member of Team USA, Furman freshman Kristlin Gear advanced to the finals of the 3,000m Steeplechase Tuesday at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Gear, who entered the event with the fifth-best qualifying time, placed third in her heat with a time of 10:09.08 to reach Friday's finals. The top three runners in each of the three heats plus the runners with the next six fastest times advanced and will race on Friday (July 13) at 8:45 p.m. local time (1:45 p.m. EDT).
Gear 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