July 7, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Hope Schmelzle competed in the USATF Junior Championships on Sunday and earned a spot on the US Junior National team. The rising sophomore took second in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase to secure the second of two spots on the American team.
Schmelzle ran in her first competitive race since the NCAA East Preliminaries on May 30 where she finished 26th with a time of 10:27.81. The Wheaton, Ill., native finished runner-up on Sunday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., with a time of 10:35.19. Her time was 10.73 seconds behind the US Junior Champion, Elinor Purrier of New Hampshire. Purrier and Schmelzle move on to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships, also at Hayward Field, from July 22-27.
"What a crazy weekend it was with all the excitement," Schmelzle said. "I cannot believe that in a few weeks I will be representing the Red, White and Blue in the steeplechase. When your dreams become a reality, it is so surreal. I can't wait to get back to Eugene with all my new teammates and experience this opportunity together. All glory to God!."
Schmelzle will join Matthew McClintock and Tate Schienbein as Boilermakers who have competed in an international competition for the US Junior Team. McClintock won the Pan-Am Junior games last year in the 10,000-meter run and also competed in the world junior cross country championships. Schienbein was the US Junior Champion in the men’s steeplechase last year.