Addy Wiley made a bid for a global medal. She did not win one but affirmed it remains a goal.
The Huntington North runner, after briefly holding third on the last lap, finished fifth in the 1,500 meters Saturday in track and field’s under-20 World Championships at Cali, Colombia.
Wiley’s time of 4:11.43 represented her ninth Indiana record since February 2021. Her previous 1,500 record was 4:15.53 in winning the U.S. junior title June 25 at Eugene, Ore.
After nationals, the 18-year-old Colorado signee said:
“I would love to medal in Cali. I think the experience itself is going to be huge. But I don’t go just to race. I go to win.”
Her performance at Cali capped the greatest season and career of any middle-distance runner in Indiana high school history.
After finishing second in her qualifying heat Thursday in 4:19.39, Wiley said:
“It definitely showed me I can compete with the big dogs here.”
And she did, moving into third place behind Kenyans Brenda Chebet and Purity Chepkirui with about 250 meters left. But four East African runners soon separated themselves from the Hoosier.
Birke Haylom, a 16-year-old Ethiopian, won the gold medal and set a championship record of 4:04.27. Chebet was silver medalist in 4:04.64. Chepkirui, who won last year’s U20 gold at Nairobi, took bronze in 4:07.64.
Mebriht Mekonen of Ethiopia was fourth in 4:08.39.
The six-day meet at Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero came to a close, featuring more than 1,500 athletes from 141 countries.
The only American to win a 1,500-meter medal at U20 worlds was Christina Aragon of Billings, Montana, a bronze in 4:08.71 in 2016. Aragon is No. 4 on the all-time high school list and Wiley No. 6.
Only Hoosiers to have won U20 world medals are Marion County sprinters Maicel Malone (1986), Ashley Spencer (2012) and Lynna Irby (2016).
On June 11, Wiley effectively ran faster than Mary Cain’s high school mile record of 4:28.35. Wiley set a national prep record of 4:26.16 for 1,600 meters at Allendale, Mich., breaking the previous record by seven seconds. The time is equivalent to 4:27.71 for a mile and 4:07.90 for a 1,500.
Wiley is the only Indiana girl to win an 800/1,600 double at the state meet, and did so twice. On June 3, she set state meet records of 2:06.26 and 4:38.69 at Bloomington.
Elsewhere, Butler signee David Slapak of the Czech Republic was 11th in the men’s 3,000 Friday in 8:18.55. Slapak had qualified for the final by placing eighth in his heat in 8:11.55. Georgetown’s Lucas Guerra, of Highland, was 11th in that heat in 8:21.90.
Purdue recruit Praise Aniamaka of Canada barely missed the 12-man final of the men’s triple jump, finishing 15th at 49 feet, 11 ¾ inches. Another Purdue recruit, Bryanna Craig of Millville, N.J., was 18th in the women’s heptathlon with 5,192 points.
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