OSU's Piliusina ranks eighth at World Univ. Games

Oklahoma State's Natalja Piliusina has finished eighth in the 800-meter final at the 2013 World University Games.

After running a school-record 2:01.59 to qualify for the final on Monday, Piliusina ran a 2:04.62 to take eighth place in Tuesday's race in Kazan, Russia.

Piliusina was able to crack the final eight despite having only the seventh-best personal record in her semifinal heat entering the competition.

Piliusina says she was happy that she posted a personal best in the semifinal. But she says she had tired after Monday's race.

Piliusina can add her World University Games performances to what has been a stellar 2013 outdoor campaign for the OSU track and field star. She captured the NCAA Championship in the 1,500-meters and won her sixth Big 12 800-meter title.

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