July 8, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame sophomores J.P. Malette (Windsor, Ontario) and Jeremy Rae (Fort Erie, Ontario) will both represent their native Canada in the 1500-meter race in the 2010 Junior World Track & Field Championships from Mon.-Sun, July 19-25, 2010 to be held in Moncton, Canada.

This will mark the 13th annual Junior World Track & Field Championships. The New Moncton Stadium located in Moncton, New Brunswick will host 170 nations and 1,450 athletes competing who will be competing in 44 different events.

As a freshman at Notre Dame, Malette competed in many events for the Irish including the 800m, 1000m, 1500m, the mile and 3000m races. In his best collegiate time to date, he clocked a 3:49.17 in the 1500m taking tenth place at the Border Battle in Louisville (Ky.) on April 10, 2010.

Malette is no stranger to the big stage as he clocked his personal best in the 1500m at the 2009 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships with a time of 3:45.85, bested only by Notre Dame teammate and fellow Junior World Track and Field Championship competitor, Rae.

At the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays Rae posted a personal collegiate best 1500m time in 3:45.73 while finishing three tenths of a second off first place. In addition to competing in his specialty, the 1500m, he also competed in the 800m, 1000m and the mile during his freshman season at Notre Dame.

On the international level, Rae has accumulated an impressive resume on the track as he represented Canada at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Games in Trinidad. In addition, he stopped the clock at 3:42.86 to set a personal-best time in the 1500m at the Runners Choice Distance Series event in London, Ontario on June 25, 2010, missing out on the top spot by a mere five hundredths of a second.

The two will run their preliminary heats on Tues., July 20 with the 1500m final taking place on Thurs., July 22. Be sure to check back with und.com for a complete recap of how Malette and Rae fare at the championships