Hannah Oneda, a soon-to-be sophomore at Johns Hopkins, will wrap up her summer with a trip to Medellin, Colombia, where she will represent the United States at the at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships.
The long-distance runner, the subject of a feature in today's Baltimore Sun, earned the right to represent the U.S. by finishing third in the 5,000-meter race at the U.S. Junior National Track & Field championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June.
"It still feels a little surreal," Oneda told The Sun. "Getting a shot to go to Colombia, this is my first time leaving the U.S., so it's unbelievable. … I still don't think of this as being real. Do people actually get this? It's really cool. I just couldn't be more excited and scared at the same time."
Oneda, who turned 19 earlier this month, won conference and regional championships as a freshman last season and helped the Blue Jays capture the Division III national championship in November in Terre Haute, Ind.
The 5,000-meter race at the Pan Am championships is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.Read more from The Baltimore Sun