Aug. 24, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University track & field alum Emily Infeld (B'12), competing for Team USA at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, edged out fellow American Molly Huddle at the finish by the narrowest of margins to take bronze in the women's 10,000-meter run. This is Infeld's first stint with Team USA after graduating from Georgetown, where she was a recipient of the Mary Taylor Behrens C'83 Women's Track Scholarship.
"I'm super excited," Infeld said of her dramatic finish. "I can't believe it ... I was really happy to be running this year, to be healthy, be competing and just to qualify for this event. I think the race just played into my hands a bit because I have a pretty good kick, I think. It was crazy and phenomenal -- I'm just so happy."
Infeld ran 31:43.49 to win bronze and was the top American finisher in the race. Infeld's time bested Huddle by less than a tenth-of-a-second (31:43.58) as she snuck in on the inside. Infeld spent much of the race back in the mix as she was as far back as 15th at the 5,000-meter mark. Over the last 2,000 meters, Infeld upped the pace and closed on the field, entering the bell lap with a pack of seven.
Infeld becomes the first American to medal in the 10,000-meter run at the world championships since Kara Goucher in 2007. Infeld, the lone GU alum to medal in the event at a world championship, led the Americans as Huddle finished fourth and Shalane Flanagan, Infeld's Nike Bowerman Track Club teammate, finished sixth in the event, the best overall showing for the United States at a world championship in the event.
This has been a part of an impressive comeback as Infeld suffered two sacral stress fractures since turning pro after graduating from the Hilltop in 2012.
During her four years at Georgetown, Infeld was an 11-time All-American and won an individual national title in the women's 3,000-meter run at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. She led the cross country team to an NCAA team title in 2011 and was the anchor to the Penn Relays championship distance medley relay squad in 2011.