A former Kansas State distance runner has another gold medal. Laura Galvan won the women’s 5,000-meter race at the 2019 Pan American Games at Athletics Stadium in Lima, Peru, on Friday.
Galvan, who was competing for her home country of Mexico, finished with a time of 15:35.47 to take first place over Canada’s Jessica O’Connell (15:36.08) and American runner Kimberley Conley (15:36.95). This was Galvan’s third gold medal in the event this year, placing first at the Texas Relays (16:15.28) in Austin, Texas, on March 28 and following with another victory at the Mexican Championships (16:24.54 in Chihuahua on June 2.
The performance was Galvan’s second-best time of the season in the event, trailing only her 15:27.26 mark at the Sunset Tour in Azusa, Calif., on July 9.
Galvan was a standout at Kansas State, advancing to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2012 and 2014 as an undergraduate. Galvan also was in the top 15 in the Big 12 Cross Country Championship three times (2012,2013, 2014), earning All-Big 12 honors in each of those seasons.
Galvan became the second former Wildcat to medal at the Pan Am Games, following Kim Wilson, who won bronze at the women’s high jump on Thursday.