Uceny falls again at US Outdoor Championships
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Morgan Uceny’s fan page on Facebook was filled with messages of support Sunday evening.
“You’ll shake this off. Get back out there soon and do your thing!” wrote one well-wisher.
The inexplicable had happened again, and fans of the Plymouth native wanted her to know they are still with her.
Sunday afternoon, with a lap-and-a-half remaining in the women’s 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Uceny was in contention for a national title.
And then she tripped and fell to the track at Sacramento State University.
After rolling over a couple times, Uceny got up and finished the race. She was 12th in 4:24.01.
Uceny’s longtime rival, Jenny Simpson, won the race in 4:04.96. It is Simpson’s first national championship.
Uceny was running comfortably in third place when the accident occurred. Replays were unclear. Somehow, she may have gotten tangled with either Cory McGee, from the University of Florida, or high school phenom Mary Cain. There were no fouls called by the referees.
NBC television commentator Craig Masback announced, “It looks like Uceny, which would be too cruel to be true, given her falls in World Championship and Olympic events.”
Uceny, a 2003 Plymouth High School graduate, has been the victim of several falls in major championship races during her professional track career.
At both the 2011 World Championships in Korea, and the 2012 Olympics in London, a fall knocked her out of contention just when it appeared she was moving into position to win a gold medal.
NBC commentator Tim Hutchings stated, “That is hard to believe. She fell in the World Championship final in 2011 when she was favorite for the world title. She fell in the Olympic Games final back in 2012, when she was one of the favorites. That is devastatingly cruel fortune. And then to fall again today, she has to be wondering, what is going on? Some people might say, it’s too much of a coincidence.”
But there it was again.
At least, she did not appear to be injured. Uceny is attempting to regain the competitive form that made her a national champion in both 2011 and 2012. This had been a fairly good season for her thus far, after an injury-plagued 2013.