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Deajah Runs In 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017

The Oregon track and field sprinter announced her intentions to become a professional, forgoing her final year of eligibility for the Ducks.

LONDON, ENGLAND – Local standout runner Deajah Stevens once again represented the U.S. on the track. Stevens, a Mount Vernon native who attends the University of Oregon and earlier competed for New Rochelle High School, competed in the Women’s 100 metres heats during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

On Saturday, Deajah Stevens came second in her 100-meter heat in 11.17 seconds as Ariana Washington finished third in her heat in 11.28, coming behind Rio 2016 100 and 200 gold medalist Jamaican Elaine Thompson and Canadian Crystal Emmanuel.

Stevens and Washington were in separate semifinal heats.

Stevens came last in an eight-runner field in the first semifinal, running the race in 11.32. Washington finished seventh in 11.29 as neither runner qualified for the final.

Both have the 4×100-meter to look forward to. Stevens also has the 200-meter.

The Oregon track and field sprinter announced her intentions to become a professional on Wednesday, July 12th via social media. Stevens’ decision to turn pro means she is forgoing her final year of eligibility for the Ducks. In three years, Stevens built a resume that is one of the best in Oregon track and field history.

Stevens was a crucial piece during the women’s run to the triple crown — NCAA champions in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

Her success in the sprints went beyond collegiate events when she became the US Champion in the 200-meter dash earlier this summer. Stevens also placed second in the 100-meter dash at the US Track and Field Championships, meaning she will run at both events in the World Championships in London in August.

It will not be her first time representing the United States. Stevens placed second in the US Olympic Trials in the 200 to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. She finished seventh with a time of 22.65 seconds at the Olympics.

In 2017, and for the Ducks, Stevens became a national champion when she helped the 4×400-meter team place first — the race that clinched the triple crown. She placed second in the 100 at the NCAAs, but she failed to place in the 200 because she tripped about 15 meters from the finish line.

The Pac-12 Championships were successful for Stevens. She placed first in the 100, 200 and 4×100-meters on her way to becoming the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

The nine-time All-American from Westchester, New York, ends her career as a member of two Oregon records in the 4×100 and the 4×400.

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