Moline and Stepter advance in 400 hurdles

Moline and Stepter advance in 400 hurdles
(Photos courtesy: NBC Sports Network)
(Photos courtesy: NBC Sports Network)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Georganne Moline (UA '13) ran her fastest time of the season (53.84) on Saturday to qualify for the Final in the women's 400-meter hurdles at the U.S.A. Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Moline finished 2nd in her heat to 2015 U.S. Champion Shamier Little. The 53.84 time is the third fastest in the world this season.

The Phoenix native has previously made two national teams in her event. She finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 advancing to the London Olympics where she took fifth overall.

Moline also made the team the next season in 2013 finishing second again at the U.S. Championships. She however fell in the preliminary round at the World Championships in Moscow and did not make the semifinals.

Falling has been an issue that has plagued the 27-year old throughout her professional career. Moline tumbled to the track in the Final of the 2015 U.S Championships and did not finish the race.

Any injured hamstring forced her to pull out of the 2016 Olympic trials.

2012 Canyon del Oro High School grad Jaide Stepter finished fourth in the same heat to also nab a spot in the Final.

Stepter (56.39) won six track and field state championships for the Dorados and three Pac-12 Championships in the 400m hurdles.

Sunday's championship is at 1:46 p.m. Tucson time and will air on NBC nationally.

The top three finishers earn berths to the World Championships in August in London.

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