Melian crowned U.S. junior national champion in 3,000
June 20, 2013
Des Moines, Iowa – Christina Melian of the Stony Brook women’s track and field team can add another accomplishment to her growing list of feats as a freshman. The Staten Island, N.Y., native took home the national title in the women’s 3,000-meter at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Drake University Thursday.
Melian broke the tape at 9:45.06 to beat out Anna Holdiman, who ran unattached, by more than three ticks.
“Christina’s win was a result of her decision to buy into the program from day one,” head track and field coach Andy Ronan said. “She has demonstrated that she has the ability to be a very successful collegiate athlete, and I am thrilled that she has won this title. She fully deserves to be the junior national champion.”
The U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships feature some of the elite junior athletes in the country ages 16-19. The top finishers will represent the United States at the Pan American Championships in Medellin, Columbia Aug. 23-25. Melian’s victory puts her in line for a spot on the team, which will be named in the coming weeks.
The victory caps what has been an enormously successful year for Melian, who won the ECAC crown in the women’s 3,000 on May 12 in 9:48.97.
"If you asked me a year ago if I could do this, I probably would have said, 'no way,'” Melian commented. “I'm really excited to be here. To win it is just such an honor."