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Van Der Els Wins 1,500-Meters At Pan American Junior Championships

July 23, 2017

LIMA, Peru - UConn rising sophomore Eric Van Der Els (Norwalk, Conn.) won the 1,500-meter run at the Pan American Junior Championships on Sunday in a championship record time of 3:43.16. He topped the previous record of 3:45.72 set by Mike Woods of the United States in 2005.

To watch the Van Der Els' championship performance, CLICK HERE.

Van Der Els advanced to Sunday’s final by finishing second in his heat on Friday in a time of 3:52.19. In the final, Van Der Els topped Kyle Madden of Canada, who finished second in 3:44.19, while Cooper Yeare of the United States was third in 3:46.46.

UConn was also represented at the Pan American Junior Championships by rising sophomore Cameron Thompson (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), who finished fourth in the hammer throw on Friday with a mark of 66.84 meters.