June 24, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Rising sophomore Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) was the individual champion in the 1500 meters at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium this past weekend, where she registered a margin of victory of more than three seconds in the finals on Saturday afternoon. The big win for Margey builds on the momentum that began with a strong freshman campaign at Villanova this spring.
Margey won her preliminary heat in the 1500 meters on Friday afternoon and was ranked fourth going into the finals. In the championship race she was in second place but right at the front of the pack after 700 meters but had moved into the lead by the start of the bell lap. She easily pulled away in the final lap and crossed the finish line with a winning time of 4:25.45, more than three seconds ahead of the runner-up (Rachel Stewart of BYU in 4:28.92) and the rest of the 11-person field.
In the preliminaries one day earlier Margey ran in the second preliminary heat and came in first in the heat with a time of 4:38.10. She was in third place after 700 meters but made a steady move forward, taking second place before the bell lap and seizing the lead for good during the final 400 meters. Margey wound up winning her heat by just over two seconds and was ranked fourth out of 14 entries in the preliminaries.
During her first collegiate outdoor season this spring Margey led off the 4x800 meter relay for the Wildcats at the Penn Relays and helped Villanova set an all-time collegiate record while winning a Championship of America title in the event. Margey also ran the second leg of the 4x800 relay at the BIG EAST Championships, where the Wildcats won a conference title and set a meet record along the way.
Individually, Margey finished fifth in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST meet. She qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 800 meters and, prior to that meet, recorded the fastest time in the 1500 meters in the preliminary heats at the ECAC Championship.
At the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend Margey was one of two current Villanova athletes in competition. Rising sophomore Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.) competed in the preliminaries of the 400 meters and finished fourth in her individual heat. Wilkins ran the 400 meters leg of the Wildcats champion distance medley relay at the Penn Relays and led off the 4x400 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships during the outdoor season. She also ran individually in the 400 meters at the conference meet after being an All-BIG EAST performer in the 500 meters indoors.