MORGANTOWN - West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades put together a solid effort in the 100-meter hurdles semifinals but fell short of advancing to the finals round Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
The eight-time All-American finished the round fifth in her heat and 13th overall with a time of 12.96, five spots off from qualifying for the finals. The top two finishers from each heat plus the two best remaining athletes advanced to the finals.
"It was another very good race for Chelsea," says West Virginia University coach Sean Cleary. "She has now become very consistent running under 13 seconds. At this level, if you don't bring a great performance you sit in the stands - she needed just a little more out of herself.
Carrier-Eades' 12.96 topped eight other hurdlers in the semifinals.
"Chelsea is the youngest in the field and will be back stronger from this experience.
"She now has a week to recover and train for next week's heptathlon."
Carrier-Eades will compete in the heptathlon beginning on Friday with the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and the 200-meter dash.
The final three heptathlon events occur on Saturday, June 30, with the long jump competition, javelin throw and the 800-meter run.
The heptathlon field will consist of the nation's top 18 heptathletes.