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Chmiel to represent USA in Scotland

Chmiel to represent USA in Scotland

Saratoga junior will run in Scotland; also named All-American Friday
Chmiel to represent USA in Scotland
Saratoga junior Kelsey Chmiel will represent the United States next month in Scotland

On Friday, Saratoga Springs junior running star Kelsey Chmiel was named first-team All-American by MileSplit.

In a few weeks, she will get to represent America.

Chmiel has been named to a United States team that will compete at the Great Edinburgh XCountry Challenge Jan. 13 in Scotland.

Chmiel was among the United States junior and senior women and men announced to compete in the three-team event Thursday by USA Track & Field.

"We nominated her and she was accepted. She has the credentials," Saratoga girls' cross country co-coach Linda Kranick said. "We were notified by email that she has been selected to represent the United States. She is very excited."

Chmiel will be one of six junior women (19-and-under) on Team USATF, which outpointed Team Europe and Team Great Britain for the title last year in a 4-kilometer race at Holyrood Park, about a mile east of Edinburgh Castle. Chmiel will be joined by high schoolers Claudia Lane and Katelyn Hart, and collegiate runners  Maggie Farrell, Cailie Logue and Emily Venters.

"It's the first time we'll take an athlete out of the country," Kranick said. "Its quite an honor."

Chmiel has three times been selected the top cross country runner in her class by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

She ended  her high school season with a second-place run at the Nike Cross Nationals, after placing 15th the week before at the Nike New York Regional Championships. Chmiel ran the regional with an upper respiratory illness that had been going through her school.

"She was focused and ready to go," Kranic said of Chmiel's runner-up performance at the NXN. "That's the mark of a very mature runner. Don't let a loss define you, and you go on with things."

Chmiel won Suburban Council and Section II Class A titles this season, and later took second at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and New York State Federation meets. During the regular season she posted wins at the Ocean State Invitational and at the Great American Cross Country Festival.

She will be accompanied on her trip to Scotland by family members, as well as Linda Kranick and her husband and Saratoga girls' co-cross country coach Art Kranick.

"It's going to be a great adventure," Linda Kranick said.

Chmiel's upcoming indoor track schedule will include a Dec. 28 appearance at the Boston Holiday Challenge.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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