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Walnut Creek Native Wows Olympic Trials

Deborah Maier of Berkeley seizes the lead for half of the 10,000-meter Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., then falls back.

Walnut Creek native Deborah Maier, running a race new to her, had an Olympic Trials crowd abuzz Friday night in the women’s 10,000-meter finals.

“I’m not a huge fan of going out superslow,” Maier said in Eugene, Ore., after leading more than half the 6.2-mile race, sometimes by 30 meters, before dropping back in the pack.

“I figured: I don’t have an ‘A’ [Olympic qualifying] standard. I’m in college (Berkeley). I don’t have any expectation of making the Olympics. So why not go for it?”

The race was won by Amy Hastings in 31:58.36.

Did anyone used to run track intervals with Maier? Tell us about it in the comments.

Read the race story on LaMesa/Mount Helix Patch.

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