Kleiber to participate in USA Junior nationals

Freshman Nick Kleiber beat Eddie Strnard's school record in the 1500m.
Freshman Nick Kleiber beat Eddie Strnard's school record in the 1500m.

UC Santa Cruz runner Nick Kleiber will take part in USA Track and Field's Junior Nationals next month.

The Junior Nationals will take place June 15-17 at Hayes Track at Indiana University. The meet decides the USA's qualifiers for the World Junior Championships later this summer in Finland.

The freshman from Oakland set school records this spring in the 1500 with a time of 3:58.16 and the 3000 Steeplechase in 9:30.08.

"I will be running the 3000m steeplechase for only the 3rd time in my running career, and I'll be more prepared than I have been in my previous two races," Kleiber said.  "It's always very exciting to compete postseason in any kind of championship race, and I will take this opportunity very seriously."