KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Indiana State junior sprinter Katie Wise (Morgantown, Ind.) picked up her second medal of the 2014 North America Central America Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Championships Saturday, joining with three others to win the 4×100 meter relay.
Wise ran the second leg for Team USA that won the event in 43.89. Texas Tech’s Cierra White ran the opening leg with Florida’s Ebony Eutzey taking the baton from Wise for the third leg and Central Florida’s Octavius Freeman running the anchor. Canada took the Silver in 45.19 with Jamaica picking up the bronze in 45.90.
Wise ran to Silver in the women’s 100 meters Friday with a time of 11.58 finishing just behind White (11.32). They were followed by a pair of Canadians, Shaina Harrison (11.70) and Joy Spear Chief-Morris (11.84).
“I ended up getting second,” Wise said of her race on Friday. “It wasn’t my best race, but I’m happy with what I did. I was able to get second. My teammate was able to get first, so I’m glad we were able to get one and two. I’m good with that. We both get to be on the podium, so I can’t complain.”
On being a part of Team USA Wise added that she is happy to bring home a medal for Team USA.
“It’s an amazing feeling and a great opportunity,” Wise said. “I’m glad I can bring home a medal for USA.”
Wise was invited to join Team USA in the competition after competing at the USA Track & Field Championships in June where she finished 11th in the semifinals of the 100 meters (second collegian) with a time of 11.25. She had the eighth fastest time in the preliminaries at 11.42.
Wise is a three-time All-American and a six-time Missouri Valley Conference champion. She won both the 60 and 200 meter indoor MVC titles and the 100 and 200 meter outdoor MVC titles in 2014 after winning the 60 meter indoor and 100 meter outdoor titles as a freshman in 2013. She ran to a fifth place finish in the 60 meters at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships and 14th in the 100 meters at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.