Aug 26, 2013
MEDELLIN, Colombia - Sophomore middle distance runner Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) continued her string of success at the international level on Sunday night, winning a silver medal for Team USA at the 17th Pan American Junior Championships. On the final night of the three-day meet a storm system brought torrential downpours to Alfonso Galvis Duque Stadium and Margey endured the heaviest of the rain en route to garnering one of 17 medals that the United States during the day.
Margey registered a time of 4:38.84 in the finals of the 1500 meters to comfortably hold down second place and secure the silver medal. She trailed only Julia Zrinyi from Canada (4:36.88) at the finish line and added another major accomplishment to her steadily growing national and international resume.
Earlier this summer Margey won gold in the 1500 meters at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships. That meet was held in Des Moines, Iowa in June and served as the Team USA selection meet for the Pan-American Championships. Margey ranked fourth overall at the USA Junior meet before surging to the title in the final race.
Over three days of competition in Colombia last weekend Team USA dominated the medal standings and finished with 39 total medals, including 16 gold and 16 silver medals in addition to seven bronze medals. The final day of competition saw Team USA bring home seven gold and seven silver medals, including Margey's performance in the 1500 meters.
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.
The Pan American Junior Athletics Championships are held biannually and are for track and field athletes from the Americas. The event was first held in the 1980's and will next be held during the summer of 2015 in Edmonton, Canada. The competition includes Junior athletes, defined as athletes who are 19 years of age or under.