Maton just short of USATF finals

Bend runner Matthew Maton comes just shy of 1,500 final at junior championships

Published Jul 6, 2014 at 12:02AM

EUGENE — Bend’s Matthew Maton logged a 3-minute, 58.09-second 1,500-meter run at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, but it was not enough to earn the Summit senior-to-be a spot in today’s finals at Hayward Field.

The top three finishers from each of the two heats automatically qualified for the finals, and the next six fastest times rounded out the field.

Maton took sixth in the first heat and held the third-fastest time. But a speedy second flight ousted him from contention as all eight of the Heat 2 runners advanced to the finals. Maton finished 14th overall in the 18-runner field.

—Bulletin staff report