Villanova graduate Muncan fails to qualify for semifinals in Olympics 1,500

Posted: August 08, 2012

LONDON - Marina Muncan, the Villanova graduate who will join the staff at New Jersey's Richard Stockton College in September, is bound to be a successful college track coach.

After all, she already has worlds of big-time experience running the international track and field circuit for her home nation of Serbia.

"Everything I've done and seen the last few years, I know that's bound to help me," Muncan said Monday morning at Olympic Stadium.

She ran her first-round race of the women's 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 11.25 seconds. That ranked 21st in the 45-runner field, but fell 3.42 seconds shy of qualifying for the Wednesday night semifinals.

"I definitely gave it my best shot," said Muncan, "but I was running against the greatest women in the world. They're all such fabulous athletes. I was hoping to place higher and make it into the semis.

"There was a lot of change of pace and surging, that really hurt me. I should have been prepared for that," said Muncan, whose best time coming in was 4:06.48.

"But at the end of the day, here I am running in the Olympics for the first time, and I'm very happy to be here."

Former Villanova teammate Sheila Reid, twice an NCAA cross-country champion as well as NCAA outdoor titlist at 1,500 and 5,000 meters, will run the 5,000 for Canada starting with the Tuesday morning qualifying rounds.

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