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Armbrister fails to qualify for women’s 100m semis

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Aug 12, 2013

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MOSCOW, Russia – The year 2013 was a transitional year for Cache Armbrister.

The 23-year-old sprinter switched from the 400 meters (m) to the shorter sprints this year, and whilst some might question that move, it resulted in a personal best time in the 100m, and a truly respectable season’s best in the half-lapper.

It’s the century where she really turned some heads this year though. In that event, Armbrister has two wins over Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie this year, the first two wins of her athletic career over the former ‘Golden Girl’. She ran a personal best time of 11.44 seconds at the BTC National Open Track and Field Championships in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in June, and then lowered that mark to 11.35 seconds at the Sr. Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships in Morelia, Mexico, last month.

At these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in Moscow, Russia, it just didn’t come together for Armbrister though.

After being entered in the women’s 100m, Armbrister could only muster a best time of 11.55 seconds at the 1980 Olympic Stadium here in Moscow, on Sunday morning. That time was only good enough for sixth in her heat, and 30th overall. Only the top three finishers in each heat and the next six fastest times qualified for tonight’s semi-finals.

“I just had a real sluggish start, and before I knew it, the race was over,” said Armbrister yesterday. “I didn’t stick to my game plan and that kind of threw me off. Watching the race, I realized that I shortened up my drive phase and that might have caused me a bit.

“It’s been a progressive year for me and I’m satisfied with it. I had my personal best this year, so I can’t expect to come to worlds and just run 10.9. It’s a gradual process and you have to work hard to get there,” she added.

Even in the 200m this year, Armbrister has showed promise. She ran 23.50 seconds into a strong headwind in Jamaica, in June. Here in Moscow, she said that she felt she had a strong opportunity to make the semis, but just couldn’t put it all together.

“I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I really wanted to make the semis, but you win some and you lose some,” she said. “I’m never nervous when I compete. Sometimes I get over anxious and way too excited, but I’m never nervous. I just didn’t have it today.”

Armbrister ran in the same heat as American National Champion English Gardner, formidable veteran Ivet Lalova and Sheri-Ann Brooks, of Jamaica.

Gardner qualified for the semis with the fastest time, 10.94 seconds, Lalova posted a time of 11.18 seconds for second in that heat, and Brooks was third in that heat, in 11.32 seconds.

Now that her individual journey is over, Armbrister said that her focus will shift to the women’s sprint relay and doing all that she can to get the team into the final.

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