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Mageean may put on hold decision on US scholarships

Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean's main target for this year in the World Juniors in Canada

Ciara Mageean is leaning towards taking a year out from study as she continues to mull over scholarship offers from a number of US universities.

Villanova, Providence College, Harvard and Auburn University are among the institutions who have made approaches to the World Youth silver medallist.

However, Mageean told BBC Sport that she may opt to delay her decision about the American collegiate offers.

"I'm contemplating a gap year," said the 18-year-old Portaferry athlete.

"That might be something good to happen. To be able to wind down a bit after a rather hectic three years.

"With all the exams and the athletics, it has all kind of taken off," added Mageean, who is currently in the middle of her A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and PE.

Mageean will concentrate on her exams over the next couple of weeks before taking part in the annual junior international meeting in the German city of Mannheim early next month.

"It's always a good junior international event with a good standard of competition.

"I've run a personal best most of the years that I've gone there and it will be my first race in July."

The Mannheim meeting will be part of Mageean's build-up to Mageean's main summer target - the World Junior Championships in Canada in late July.

"Once I get the exams out of the way, I can get into good hard training every day - although I am doing some training every day at the moment.

"I'll just to able to train that bit harder. It is always a stress having to think about exams during your training."

Mageean took a break from her exams on Saturday as she eased to an emphatic victory in the 1500m at the Northern Ireland Championships.

see also
Smyth breaks NI 100 metres record
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Mageean sets new schools record
05 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Mageean improves junior 800m mark
28 Feb 10 |  Athletics
Camogie award for athlete Mageean
22 Feb 10 |  Gaelic Games
McIlroy clinches Odyssey victory
07 Feb 10 |  Athletics
Mageean is ninth in junior race
13 Dec 09 |  Athletics
Marvel Mageean
08 Dec 09 |  Athletics
NI duo win European Youth medals
24 Jul 09 |  Athletics
Mageean second in Sudtirol final
12 Jul 09 |  Athletics

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