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Jennifer Celis made a smooth transition from running cross country and track at Hotchkiss High School, where she won four state titles as a senior, to running at Oklahoma State University. Celis, a freshman, earned second-team All-America honors during the indoor season. A foot injury caused her to redshirt the outdoor season this spring. Photo courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics.

ON THE FAST TRACK

Celis quickly adapts to Division I competition

The way Jennifer Celis tells it, she was a “small fish in a small pond” running cross country and track and field at Hotchkiss High School.
Now at Oklahoma State, it’d be easy to think Celis is in a much, much bigger pond. Still, Celis said she’s kept it small, pointing out that the population of Stillwater, Oklahoma, during the school year is roughly 50,000 people.
Bigger, but definitely manageable.
After the indoor track season, however, there’s really no denying that Celis is a big fish. The college freshman earned second-team NCAA Division I All-America honors last month in the women’s mile, finishing with a time of 4 minutes, 57.36 seconds in her preliminary heat at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


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