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Chris O’Hare ends his college race career on a low note

Chris O'Hare. Steph Twell is pictured below

Chris O'Hare. Steph Twell is pictured below

  • by SANDY SUTHERLAND
 

Edinburgh AC middle distance runner Chris O’Hare slithered home a disappointing 50th in the NCAA division one cross country championship in Terry Haute, Indiana, United States on Saturday.

Fellow Scot and Shettleston Harrier Matthew Gillespie (Iona College) was 92nd.

O’Hare, tipped by some as a possible wild-card choice for the British men’s cross country team which will be announced tomorrow, will now bid farewell to Tulsa University and college athletics to concentrate on indoor track racing.

“That was bad today – us milers didn’t appreciate the conditions,” he said.

“Time to get indoors and start my new career.”

But he was not the only Glasgow 2014 Scottish track choice to suffer in muddy cross country conditions at the weekend, Laura Muir (Dundee) placing 14th in the British Women’s European Championship trial in Liverpool on Saturday, finishing seventh of the under-23 runners so missing out on selection for Belgrade next month by one place.

Edinburgh University’s Rhona Auckland however was seventh and third under-23 athlete so booked her place in the Great Britain team for the second year in a row.

Kilbarchan’s Callum Hawkins, who was sixth in the men’s race and third under-23, and Aldershot’s Steph Twell, are the only other Scottish athletes to make the team.

Delhi Commonwealth medallist Twell was third senior behind winner Gemma Steel, while Hunter’s Bog Trotter Rosie Smith was 15th, Morag MacLarty (Central) 18th and EAC pair Madeleine Murray and Laura Dunn 36th and 38th respectively.

 

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