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Werner Gears Up For U.S. Trials


ST. LOUIS — Former Ste. Genevieve High School standout Taylor Werner recently competed at the Hoka Festival of Miles for the first time in a number of years.

Werner finished second in the Drury Women’s One-Mile elite race at St. Louis University High on Thursday, June 3.

She placed second in the race with a time of 4 minutes, 32.93 seconds — which was about 2.8 ticks behind winner Amanda Eccleston from Brooks Running Club.

Werner turned professional back during the winter, signing with Puma.

Lauren Paquette of the local Hoka Elite club was third, clocking in at 4:35.21. This elite race featured seven women.

It was all part of the Hoka Festival of Miles, which features runs for middle school, high school and college-aged runners — totaling nine miles, basically from Ste. Genevieve to St. Mary distance wise.

Werner, a Bloomsdale native, intends to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials scheduled for later this summer.