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Julian gets his ticket to World Games

Former Ashland High distance star Pete Julian will get an opportunity to run in the World Championships after all.

Julian appeared out of the picture when he finished fifth in the 10,000 meters during the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships six weeks ago in Eugene. Only the top three placers in the event at the national meet earned a berth in the World Championships Aug. 21-28 in Seville, Spain.

But Julian, 28, got word Tuesday night at his Boulder, Colo., home he'll be making the trip to Spain because it was discovered the No. — runner, Abdi Abdirahman, who runs for Arizona State, is not a United States citizen, and the No. 4 placer Mebrahhtom Keflezighi did not meet the qualifying standard to be eligible.

When Abdirahman applied for his passport it was discovered he was a citizen of Somalia. Keflezighi had until Tuesday to post the qualifying standard, but he failed to do so.

Julian had already met the qualifying standard of 28 minutes, 10 seconds with a lifetime best of 28:05.4 set May 7 during a meet at Stanford University.

This will be Julian's first trip to the track and field World Championships. The former standout runner at the University of Portland participated once before in the cross county World Championships.