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Moore just misses out on all-American status

Athletics Sara Moore
FOR the second time in a fortnight Omagh Harrier Sara Moore has led her university cross-country team home to a best ever finish at a major US championships.

Earlier this month the 20-year-old Omagh woman claimed a fantastic third place in the Sooner Athletic Conference women’s cross-country championshps at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

That brilliant podium finish clinched the Oaklahoma City University ladies team an appearance at the NAIA women’s cross-country championships in Lawrence, Kansas for only the second time.

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The Oaklahoma team was ranked 20th going into last weekend’s prestigious championships but, led by the majestic Moore, the Stars exceeded all expectations to record a best ever result.

The Stars finished 15th overall with Moore storming home in 31st, just one place short of clinching all-American senior status.
Moore covered the testing 5,000 course in 18.37 minutes to enhance her ever-growing reputation as one of the most promising athletes on the US circuit.

Her sensational performance has brought the curtain down on another hugely successful cross-country season for the second year student, who since crossing the Atlantic has enjoyed has enjoyed remarkable success.

The former Sacred Heart pupil finished sixth in the Central Oklahoma Land Run, third in the Oklahoma City Fall Classic 5K and claimed eighth in the SAC Championships. The Harrier clinched runners-up spot the Oklahoma Baptist Early Qualifier 3000 metres and was placed second in the 800 and third in the 1500 metres at the Oklahoma Baptist Open.

The eight-times Ulster E District cross country and track champion then struck gold in 1500 metres at the Emporia State Relay and followed that up by sprinting home in third in the 800m. She, too, finished ninth in the 1500 metres in the NAIA Championships.

However, the gifted Moore has raised the bar during the current cross-country season which climaxed in her leading the Stars home to a best ever finish.

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