Ex-Vol Phoebe Wright sets career best in 800m at Prefontaine Classic
EUGENE, Ore. – Former University of Tennessee standout Phoebe Wright, who recently signed a contract with Nike, dipped below the two-minute mark in the 800 meters and placed fourth against an international field Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic.
Wright, who recently wrapped up her Lady Vol career, uncorked a career-best time of one minute, 58.22 seconds to place fourth in front of more than 12,000 fans at Hayward Field, where she won an NCAA Championship in the 800 a couple of weeks ago. Her previous best mark had been a 2:00.40 readout last July, and she came narrowly close to sub-two status again on June 27 this season at the USA Championships (2:00.47).
The top American finisher in the field, Wright placed behind Mariya Savinova of Russia (1:57.56), Nancy Langat of Kenya (1:57.75) and Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya (1:57.84) and just ahead of Alysia Johnson (1:58.84), the 2010 US champion.