MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Freshman Jillian Forsey
of the West Virginia University cross country team claimed the silver medal while representing the Canadian National Team at the 2014 North American, Central and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Trinidad and Tobago, this past Saturday.
The native of Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, missed out on the gold medal by just one second. Forsey ran a 13:39.91 in the 4k event. Her Canadian teammate Jaimie Phelan won the competition with a time of 13:38.93
“This was a tremendous effort for Jillian. Leaving the ice and cold of the East coast to run in conditions that were well into the 80s with the heat index is a testament to her toughness,” says coach Sean Cleary. “To come so very close to winning shows how exciting this race was and will continue to give Jillian confidence that is required to reach her future goals.”
The event took place at the Mt. Irvine Golf Course in Mt. Irvine, Tobago. Team Canada swept the event, as Claire Smith took bronze.
“This finish matches the silver medal by former Mountaineer Marie-Louise Assalin who ran NACAC in 2007 before going on to her stellar career at WVU,” Cleary says.