Forsey Posts Top 10 Finish at World Champs

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • July 24, 2014 10:07 AM
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Jillian Forsey competes at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, Wednesday, in Eugene, Oregon, recording a top-10 finish.
Photo courtesy of Athletics Canada
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Freshman Jillian Forsey of the West Virginia University cross country team competed at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, Wednesday, in Eugene, Oregon, recording a top-10 finish.
Forsey, a native of Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, was representing Team Canada. She was the first Canadian to cross the finish line in the women’s 5,000 meter run, finishing in ninth place overall in 16:02.55.
“Jillian has just completed one of the best freshmen campaigns of any distance runner in our program’s history,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “To come to the biggest meet of her career and run the greatest race of her life is a testament to her sheer desire.”
The IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships are the World Championships for athletes ages 19 years and younger, organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation.
Forsey’s time of 16:02.55 broke her previous personal-best 5K time by 22 seconds.
“This competition is a true global competition. A top-10 finish appeared unrealistic as Jillian boarded the plane for Eugene,” Cleary says. “Returning home, Jillian will bring with her a desire to build upon this moment and continue running in these types of meets.”
Forsey was the lone freshman Mountaineer named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team this past fall, while finishing in the top-25 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional meet. She also competed at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Forsey was the third Mountaineer to cross the line at the event, helping WVU to a 24th overall finish.
Forsey has prior experience on the international scene. She 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 on Feb. 21, 2014.