June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown track & field alum Emily Infeld (B’12) made her triumphant return to the USA Track & Field (USATF) Championships in impressive style on Thursday night, finishing third in the women’s 10,000-meter run to earn a spot on Team USA and a chance to represent the United States at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. One of the featured races on the first night of the four-day meet, Infeld had not raced on the track at historic Hayward Field since the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. She was one of four Hoyas to race on the first night of the meet – the Blue & Gray total 10 current and former student-athletes competing.
The last time Infeld stepped on the famed track in Eugene on the campus of the University of Oregon, the Georgetown logo was on her uniform. It was the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the recent Georgetown graduate was just happy to be there. A smile beaming after her school-record setting performance, an impressive eighth-place finish in the women’s 5,000-meter finals – no one then would have guessed that it would take three years for Infeld to return to the USATF Championships.
“The last time I ran here was the Olympic Trials three years ago and I have only done four track races, I think, since then,” Infeld said in an interview after her race on Thursday night. “All I wanted to do was get qualified here. I just thought (to myself) I’m not missing USAs again, I’m going to be running there this year, I don’t care what it takes.”
Following two sacral stress fractures, Infeld, who now runs for Nike’s Bowerman Track Club (BTC), was not even sure she was meant to be a runner. She debated quitting the sport altogether, thinking that her body was not meant for the rigors of the training demanded of a professional runner. Instead, Infeld continued the pursuit of her passion, deciding she could not quit before another Olympic year (2016). She ran her first 10,000m at the Payton Jordan meet in early May, clocking 31:38.71 and looking poised for an impressive return to USAs.
Thursday night’s race started in far less favorable conditions than the Payton Jordan meet in Palo Alto, Calif., the temperature reading 91 degrees at the start of the 25-lap affair. Through the 6,000-meter mark, the lead pack was a group of five that featured Infeld and BTC teammate Shalane Flanagan (American 10K record holder) along with Saucony’s Molly Huddle, Brooks’ Amy Hastings and New Balance’s Emily Sisson, a recent Providence graduate.
As Sisson and Hastings fell off the pace, the trio of Huddle, Flanagan and Infeld were left over the final four laps. Huddle pulled away over the final two, while training partners Flanagan and Infeld coasted to the finish with times of 31:42.29 and 31:42.60, respectively. The trio will represent Team USA at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, August 22-30.
“I’m still in shock – I was so happy just crossing the line,” Infeld exclaimed. “I feel really great and I’m so excited. It’s really fun, this is what I wanted so badly and running just makes me so happy.”
Men’s 800-Meter First Round
All-Americans Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus), Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) and Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) competed in the men’s 800-meter prelim. They finished with respective times of 1:49.54 (H1: 7th), 1:50.53 (H3: 6th) and 1:53.19 (H3: 8th). The times were not enough to advance to semifinals.
Television Schedule (all times Eastern)
Friday, June 26: 10 p.m. - midnight (NBC Sports Network) Saturday, June 27: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (NBC) Sunday, June 28: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Universal Sports); 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (NBC)
• Hoya Connection: The last time Emily Infeld competed at the USATF Championships was the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. She finished eighth in the women’s 5,000-meter finals, a race won by current Georgetown Assistant Coach Julie Culley. Culley, an athlete with ASICS, went on to represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympics.