Jillian Forsey is shown in this undated photo. ‚ÄĒ Submitted photo
CORNER BROOK Jillian Forsey has no time to talk about her next cross-country running venture because she‚Äôs fully immersed in her mid-term exams at the University of West Virginia (UWV).
She had to write a handful of mid-terms over the past week, the last one being today, before boarding a flight to Toronto to join up with her Team Canada teammates later today.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a very busy semester. She‚Äôs heavy into her exams and that‚Äôs where her mind is now,‚ÄĚ her mom Rosie said Tuesday about the crazy week or so her daughter has punched.
Forsey, a Kippens native, made the trek from the University of West Virginia to Vancouver back in December to claim the silver medal in the junior women‚Äôs division in her title defence at the 2013 national cross-country running championships.
She won the national junior women‚Äôs crown in Vancouver one year ago, a performance that earned her a spot on the Canadian team for the North American, Central and Caribbean (NACAC) cross-country championships in Jamaica, where she placed eighth overall in her age group. From there, she ran in the world cross-country championships in Poland where she placed 49th overall among the best on the planet.
On Saturday, the talented runner will represent Canada at the 2014 NACAC event being held in Irvine, Tobago with hopes of improving on her top-10 finish in Jamaica.
Sean Cleary, a native of Georgetown, Ont, is the head coach for Forsey and her fellow Mountaineer running teammates at the UWV.
Cleary believes Forsey has experience on her side because she‚Äôs been down the road before, but more importantly he feels Forsey is heading into the event in great shape. Over the past couple of years, he said, her results haven‚Äôt been where they could have been because she had some bad timing with little injuries and sicknesses.
He believes Forsey has put in a lot of hard work over the winter and has become a stronger runner since returning from Christmas break.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre expecting Jillian to go out and run a race that‚Äôs probably truer to her potential than she‚Äôs had the opportunity in the last few years,‚ÄĚ Cleary said.
‚ÄúI would say this is the best winter shape that she‚Äôs exhibited in her young running career so we‚Äôre hoping for that to be reflected in her results,‚ÄĚ he said.
Forsey is a mild and meek younster who does her talking with her legs. She‚Äôs not one for the cameras and spotlight.
She‚Äôs been able to do amazing things when it matters most and when obstacles stood in her way.
For a girl born to run, a medal dangling around her neck Saturday is certainly something within grasp.