2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Day 10: Maggie Infeld PRs to Finish Seventh in Finals of 1,500
July 1, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - On the final day of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, the day finally stayed dry at historic Hayward Field as Hoya alums Maggie Infeld and Treniere (Clement) Moser competed in the finals of the women's 1,500-meter run. The two were among the 13-person field vying for the opportunity to represent the United States at the London Olympics. Today marks the last originally scheduled day of the 10-day event however a run-off for the third spot on Team USA in the women's 100-meter dash will extend the action through Monday, July 2 in Eugene.
Infeld was high on the line at the start and as she moved toward the inside of the track, she picked a spot toward the rear of the pack. Conversely, Moser went out in the top three early in the race. In an elite field, Infeld would later say that her strategy was to stay on the inside and save her energy for a strong last 600 meters. When the field kicked, Infeld went as well and was able to make up ground and pick off runners over the final 200 as she continued to close the gap while others ran out of steam. Infeld, now competing with New York Athletic Club (NYAC), finished seventh with a new personal record time of 4:08.31.
"I tried to run smart and stay patient," Infeld explained. "It's a world class field. I don't know that I would change anything - I gave it my all today. Going in to this year, I wanted to get to this final and have my best race in this final and I did it."
"You always want to be top three but I'm just so happy I had the opportunity. I couldn't be more thrilled."
Infeld is slated to start her third year of medical school at Georgetown on Friday, July 6.
Moser finished 11th with a time of 4:15.84.
The Georgetown track & field program will break for the summer and start up with cross country in the fall.