July 10, 2012
BARCELONA – Rising sophomore Liv Westphal took 11th place in the 3,000-meter run at the 2012 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Junior Championship inside historic Montjuïc Olympic Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Limoges, France native delivered a personal best of 9:24.10 as the lone entrant for her home country.
Westphal improved her personal record by more than two seconds. The 9:24.10 time in the 3,000 at the IAAF meet is the third fastest in school history. Westphal’s previous PR came when she qualified for the world junior championship by running a 9:26.57 at the Penn Relays Carnival on April 26.
Mercy Chebwogen (KEN) won the title in 9:08.88. Hiwot Gebrekidan of Ethiopia (9:09.27) and Emelia Gorecka of Great Britain (9:09.43) followed. Each of the top five finishers and 12 of the 20 entrants established new personal records.
As a freshman, Westphal earned All-ECAC honors in the 1,500-meter run after taking fourth in the event at the ACC Championship. She narrowly missed all-conference honors as a participant in the finals of the indoor mile and during the cross country season, where she finished in 15th. Westphal earned All-Northeast Region and USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades in cross country, as well as All-ACC Academic Team honors for both track seasons.
A record number 185 IAAF member federations and more than 1,850 athletes are competing for world championships in Barcelona from July 10-15. For more information, including complete results, please visit www.bcn2012.org.