GREENSBORO, N.C. — Plattsburgh’s Mitchell Ryan, a 2013 Seton Catholic graduate, raced to a bronze medal and All-American status in the 17 and 18 year old men’s 2,000-meter steeplechase at the 2013 USATF Junior Olympic Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
Ryan’s third-place effort, in a personal best of six minutes and 21 seconds, trailed only Clayton Wilson of North Carolina and Maryland’s Ben Freed in the 29-athlete field.
The 2,000-meter steeplechase covers five laps of a standard 400-meter track and requires runners to hurdle 23 three-foot wooden barriers. Then, athletes negotiate water pits.
Ryan, who was seeded eighth going into the finals based on qualifying wins at the USATF Adirondack Association and Region 1 meets in June and July, moved decisively through the field in the final 600 meters, passing seven competitors, to reach the podium.
During his senior year at Seton Catholic, Ryan finished fourth and medaled in the Division II 3,000-meter steeplechase at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships.
He also qualified for the prestigious New Balance Outdoor Nationals this past June, also held at the Irwin Belk Track Complex at North Carolina A&T University, where he finished 23rd.
Ryan will attend Cortland State in the fall where he will compete for the school’s Division III nationally-ranked cross country and track and field teams.