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Ex-Dodger comes up short in 5,000 bid

June 29, 2012
By The Messenger Sports staff ( , Messenger News

EUGENE, Ore. - Lisa (Koll) Uhl couldn't pull of the Olympic distance double here Thursday, as she finished sixth in the 5,000 finals at the Olympic Trials.

Uhl ran in the back of the pack for the first half of the race, but worked her way into contention with about five laps to go. She got has high as fifth place.

The 2005 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate crossed the tape in 15:24.17 at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

Julie Culley ran the race in a personal-best 15:13.77 to take the top spot

Molly Huddle, the American record holder who was the defending champion in the event, finished second in 15:14.40. Kim Conley was third in 15:19.79 for the final spot.

Even though she didn't qualify for her second event, the 11-time NCAA All-American distance runner from Iowa State will make her showing in London, competing in the 10,000 on Aug. 3.

Uhl finished fourth last Friday in the 10,000 qualifier with a time of 32:03.46 in event that had 22 runners compete.



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