Just a few months ago, Kylie Anicic was a soccer player at Temple.
These days, she is neither.
She’s a runner at Towson, and she’s quickly become a very good one!
Anicic, a native of Mickleton, is headed to the USATF Junior Nationals in Florida this weeken, where she’ll race the 1,500.
She had a nice career at Kingsway, running 2:17.59 for 800 meters, 5:07.11 for 1,600 and 11:09.09 for 3,200 by the end of her senior year, but she was probably better-known as a soccer player, and she decided to continue her athletic career as a soccer player at Temple.
But after playing sparingly this past fall – the Temple web site says she played in only two games – she transferred to Towson, where she re-ignited her running career.
She focused on relays indoors but in late March in a 1,500 at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, she ran 4:41.81, the equivalent of about a 5:02.5 for 1,600 meters or a 5:04.3 for the full mile. Either way, in her first outdoor college race, she ran about a five-second PR.
At a home meet in April, she ran an 800 PR of 2:16.98 and then she lowered her 1,500 PR two more times — to 4:39.41 in a meet at George Mason and 4:36.42 at Princeton. That’s the equivalent of a 4:56.7 for 1,600 or a 4:58.5 mile – more than a 10-second PR over high school.
At the Colonial Athletic Conference meet at Elon, N.C., she placed sixth in the 1,500 in 4:41.14 and was the top freshman in the race. She finished the year as the No. 1 freshman in the CAA in the 1,500 and No. 2 in the 800, behind only Maggie Linton of James Madison, a West Chester, Pa., native, who ran 2:15.38.
That 4:36.42 puts Anicic No. 3 in Towson history and is fastest in nine years. Not bad for a soccer player! Here’s a look at the top 5:
4:30.44 … Kaylin GIlmartin-Donohue, 2010
4:32.80 … Maureen Shaneman, 1989
4:36.42 … Kylie Anicic, 2019
4:36.84 … Michele Mathsen, 1998
4:41.39 … Emily Johnson, 2018
The 2:16.98 puts her at No. 9 in Towson history in the 800, just behind another South Jersey runner, Rancocas Valley graduate Renee Pascalcqua, who ran 2:16.68 in 2004. A third South Jersey half-miler is on that list, Sarah Robbie of Cherokee, who ran 2:13.30 in 2014 and is No. 3 in school history./
With her 4:36.42, Anicic posted a “B” standard for this weekend’s USATF Under-20 Championships (the meet formerly known as Junior Nationals). When most of the women who posted the “A” standard didn’t enter, she earned a lane and will race Sunday.
The 1,500 is a one-race final with 12 entrants scheduled for 5:49 p.m. Sunday at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.
The top two finishers will qualify for the U.S. national team will compete in the Pan American Under-20 Championship in San José, Costa Rica, July 19-21.