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Jul 29, 2013 8:35 PM by Andrew Masuda

Four athletes with local ties named to Team USA for World Championships

Four track and field stars with ties to the Central Coast were officially named to Team USA on Monday to represent the country during the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia from August 10-18.

Mission Prep graduate Jordan Hasay earned a spot on her first USA Worlds Team. The 21 year old is one of three American women to qualify for the 10,000 meters final, which is on August 11. Recently, Hasay graduated from the University of Oregon as the program's most decorated athlete as an 18-time All-American. Her top time in the 10K of 31:46 ranks 18th best in the world this season.

Former Cal Poly All-American Sharon Day is on her third Worlds team. The 28 year old is coming off her second USA Outdoor title in the heptathlon. She ranks #2 in the world this season with her 6,550 points performance at the USA Championships.Russia's Tatyana Chernova ranks #1 with a top score of 6,623.

Day, a two-time US Olympian finished 18th in the heptathlon at Worlds in 2011 and 17th in the high jump at the 2009 Worlds. The heptathlon competition is set to take place on August 12 and 13.

Paso Robles native Chaunte Howard Lowe earned a spot on her third US Worlds Team for the women's high jump. The 29 year old is a three-time Olympian and finished runner-up at Worlds in 2005. Lowe is the American record holder in both indoor (6 feet, 7.5 inches) and outdoor (6-8.75) high jump. The high jump competition begins in Moscow with the qualifying round on August 15 and the final on August 17.

Lompoc native Duane Solomon will represent the US at Worlds in the men's 800 meters for the first time since 2007 when he finished sixth in his preliminary heat. The 28 year old ranks #1 in the world this season with a top time of 1:43.27. The Cabrillo High graduate finished fourth at the 2012 London Olympics. In Russia, the men's 800 preliminary heats are set for August 10, the semifinals are scheduled for August 11 with the final set for August 13.

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