GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - Iona College women's cross country / track and field rising junior Kate Avery has been called up to compete for her native England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Avery will run the 10,000-meter event on Monday, Jul. 29 at 2:00 pm ET (7:00 pm local time) at Scotland's National Stadium, Hampden Park.
The Commonwealth Games are an international, "Olympic-style" event involving athletes from the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and has taken place every four years ever since (with the exception of the two cancelled during World War II). The multi-sport event is the third largest in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games.
Ranked No. 4 in her country in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter events entering the Commonwealth Games, Avery was not initially selected to compete. Her times both met the European Championships 'A' standard and she was named a reserve. Four-time British Olympian Joanne Pavey, 40, withdrew from the 10k to concentrate on the 5k event.
It will be Avery's first appearance in the Commonwealth games and second-time ever competing for the senior national team. Last month, in her senior debut, Avery competed for Great Britain at the European Team Championships in Braunschweig, Germany in the 3,000-meter event. She was ninth overall. Prior to that she competed for the U-23 squad at the European Cross Country Championships, where she placed fourth.
The selection continues a tremendous 2013-14 campaign for Avery who won three All-America honors in her debut year at Iona. In November, she was the first British woman to win a medal at the NCAA Championship with her third place finish.