Ellie Shea Nabs Silver In 1,500m At NACAC U23 Championships

* Ellie Shea won the women's 1,500m at the USATF U20 Championships in July

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Ellie Shea nearly eclipsed her career best in the 1,500m to claim silver at the NACAC U23 Championships on Sunday, as the Emerging Elite athlete clocked a time of 4:14.90 to finish second in a 1-2 sweep for the Americans inside Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

Addy Wiley, the accomplished middle-distance runner for Huntington College and '22 graduate of Huntington North High School, won the U23 title with a blistering time of 4:05.84. That performance was just two seconds off her career best of 4:03.22.

Shea, a Massachusetts native who attends Belmont High School, was just a shade off her career best of 4:14.24, which she ran at the Adrian Martinez Classic in June. 

This marked the second time Shea had competed in a team U.S. uniform following her performance for the U.S. juniors in Australia during the World XC Championships in February. Shea led the U.S. team then with a 10th-place finish. 

Shea, a Class of 2024 athlete and the No. 4 recruit in our MileSplit rankings, returns for another year of high school competition in 2023-2024. In June, she won the 2-mile at Brooks PR in 9:53.36 and previously claimed two national titles in the 2-mile and 5K at New Balance Nationals Indoor in March.