Praught just misses national track medal

Posted Online: June 30, 2014, 6:03 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Staff report, sports@qconline.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A trio of local products reached their respective finals over the weekend at the USA Track and Field Championships.

Moline grad Aisha Praught came closest to capturing a top-three finish, posting a personal-best time of 9:34.69 to finish fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase. Now running for Nike, Praught finished less than two seconds from a bronze medal and, in an Olympic year, would be an Olympic alternate.

Riverdale's Dorian Ulrey also took eighth in the 1500 meter run. Also a Nike representative, Ulrey posted a time of 3:40.15 and was a second off the bronze-medal pace.

Praught's fellow Illinois State alum, Geneseo's Curt Jensen, took 10th in the shot put with a mark of 64 feet and 3.75 inches. The recent ISU grad also earned All-American honors in mid-June at the NCAA outdoor nationals.


Local events heading

  Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch.
1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department.
1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.

(More History)