Germantown resident and Northwest High School graduate Diego Zarate won the gold medal in the 1,500-meter race at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships held last weekend at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Ca, according to Inside Hokie Sports.
With his win Zarate, who now runs for Virginia Tech University, qualified for the IAAF World U20 Championships, which will be held July 19-24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Zarate, who just finished his freshman season at Virginia Tech, became just the second Tech runner to win a gold at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships. He won with a time of 3 minutes, 47.53 seconds, beating Kentucky’s Kendall Muhammad, who claimed silver with a time of 3:48.39.
Zarate was eighth in the 1,500 at the ACC Outdoor Championships, but at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships, he won his preliminary heat in a time of 3:52.40 to qualify automatically for the finals before winning the gold medal. The top three finishers in each of the two heats and the next six best times qualified for the finals.
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