Another National Junior Champion!

Posted: 27 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

You might think that sending one athlete to the World Junior Championships in Moncton, N.B., as the U.S. national champion would be enough for one Heps team. But Princeton men’s coach Fred Samara will be sending two.

That’s because freshman Peter Callahan will join hammer thrower Conor McCullough after he claimed victory in the men’s 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Junior Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa. Callahan finished a second clear of his nearest competitor in 3:46.42.

“I think I was the only guy coming in with a qualifying time for Worlds so I was expecting people to push the pace, despite the heat,” said Callahan. “And guys went for it.”

Callahan credited his strength work for his confidence and his ability to win, regardless of the tactics applied by others.

“I’ve worked a lot this year… to be in a better position to go into that last lap. If you have a good kick, that’s great. But you’ve got to be close enough to use it,” he said. “This year I really worked hard on that strength [component] and ran cross country this fall which I’ve never done… More and more over the year I’ve kind of learned a lot about how to stay with the leaders.”


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