Three GU Track Athletes to Compete at 2002 World Junior Championships


WASHINGTON D.C. -- Two current Georgetown students and one incoming freshman have been named to the United States national team, set to compete at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, July 16-21.  The final roster, announced by the USATF last Friday, consists of 34 high school athletes and 32 collegians.  Participants under the age of 19 are eligible for competition in the junior division.

Rod Koborsi (Houston, Tex./Jersey Village) and Charles Millioen (Blue Point, N.Y./St. Anthony’s), current Georgetown distance runners, will join high school senior Chris Lukezic (Sumner, Wash./Auburn) on Team USA. Lukezic, who helped Auburn High School set the American junior 4x800m record at the Raleigh Scholastic Championships earlier this spring, and holder of the nation’s fastest time in the mile this year (4:06.84), will join Georgetown’s class of 2006 in the fall. Koborsi and Millioen will return for their sophomore seasons.

The athletes will compete in three separate events, with Millioen running the 10,000m, Koborsi running the 5,000m and Lukezic running the 1,500m.  Each athlete earned a spot on the US team by meeting world qualifying standards and finishing within the top two in their respective races at the 2002 Junior National Championships, held Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, at Stanford University.

Millioen was second in the 10,000m (30:15.22), while Koborsi (14:30.56) and Lukezic (3:47.32) both claimed first-place finishes at Junior Nationals.

The World Junior Championships have been an introduction to international competition for many US athletes. Several have gone on to enjoy success at the Olympic Games following their appearances at the World Junior Championships, including 25 athletes who competed at the Sydney Games in 2000.





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