Monday, August 26, 2013

Kelsey Margey Captures Silver Medal at Pan Am Juniors

Villanova's rising sophomore Kelsey Margey -- the 2013 USA Junior Champion in the 1500 meters -- capped off a tremendous outdoor track season today by claiming the silver medal in the 1500 meter final at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medallin, Colombia.  Running a slow sit-and-kick race in soggy conditions, Margey crossed the line in 4:38.84, bested only by Canadian Junior Champion Julia Zrinyi, who won in 4:36.88; Zrinyi and Margey came in as favorites, with PRs of 4:16.48 (Zrinyi) and 4:17.14 (Margey), and the race played out to form. Zrinyi, who competes for the University of Connecticut, was the only freshman to qualify for NCAA Nationals in the 1500 and she carried an 800-meter PR of 2:04.38.

This international silver medal comes on the heels of Margey's USA Junior Championships gold medal (where she ran 4:25.45), and a Penn Relays Championship of America in the NCAA-record setting 4x800 meters. Quite a haul for a first collegiate campaign!

2013 Pan Am Junior Championship -- 1500 meters
1.  Julia Zrinyi            CAN      4:36.88
2.  Kelsey Margey           USA      4:38.84
3.  Arantza Hernandez       MEX      4:39.85
4.  Maria Pia Fernandez     URG      4:41.05
5.  Rachel Stewart          USA      4:43.75
6.  Margy Andrea Rivera     COL      4:46.45
7.  Belen Casseta           ARG      4:49.97
8.  Gabriela Stafford       CAN      4:53.35
9.  Andie Daniela Legarda   COL      4:59.32

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