Fairbanks Olympian wins Boston hurdles race

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Long jump star Janay DeLoach, the Olympic medalist from Fairbanks, likes to mess around with the hurdles, an event she starred in at Eielson High, occasionally.  Only this time, it doesn't look like she's playing.

DeLoach scored a surprise win in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, crossing in 7.97 seconds to beat Tiffany Porter of Great Britain by .02 ticks.

DeLoach is the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the long jump. “I’ve been doing the hurdles the last couple years really to get away from the long jump and do something fun and I’ve been working really hard and having a blast,” she told reporters after the race.

“It wasn’t a perfect race, but I would give it a B-plus. It was pretty good. I’ll never give up the long jump. It’s my first love so I’ll never give it up, but I really like the hurdles and they really complement each other.”

DeLoach graduated from Eielson in 2003 and still holds the Alaska state long jump record for women of 19 feet, 5 inches. She now lives in Fort Collins, Colo.

Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at alaskasportshall@yahoo.com.