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TRACK: 8th place kind of day

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EUGENE, OR (AP) -

8th place was a familiar theme for Arizona Wildcats alums at the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic.

2012 Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett ('13) trying to work her way back from surgery failed at 6-feet three and quarter inches to take 8th place in the women's high jump.

Meanwhile, Georganne Moline fell over the 8th hurdle of the women's 400-meter event. She recovered but finished 8th (1:00.86).

The only Wildcat who bested 8th was long distance runner Stephen Sambu ('12). Sambu finished 4th in the men's 10,000 meter run. 39-year old Bernard Lagat, a volunteer assistant coach at UA, took 14th place in the men's 5,000 meter event.

Kirani James of Grenada edged American Lashawn Merritt in a photo finish to win the men's 400 meters.
    
James, the gold medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, bested his rival by leaning at the end to finish in 43.97 seconds, best in the world this season, in the third IAAF Diamond League event of the year.
    
Justin Gatlin won the 100 meters with a wind-aided 9.76 seconds. Had it not been for the breeze, Gatlin's time would have been the best in the world so far this season. It was the 2004 Olympic gold medalist's third 100m title at the Prefontaine.
    
Tori Bowie won the star-studded 200 with a personal-best 22.18. Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, who continues to make her return from a hamstring injury in the world championships last season, came in third at 22.44.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

David Kelly contributed to this story.

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