June 27, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - With a slew of current and former Hoya athletes competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in track & field at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., www.GUHoyas.com will be profiling a number of athletes throughout the 10-day event. Today's profile is on 2007 graduate Elizabeth Maloy.
Appearance at Olympic Trials: First
School: College (Undergraduate); Continuing Studies (Graduate)
Graduated: 2007 (Undergraduate); 2009 (Graduate)
Major: Psychology (Undergraduate); Liberal Studies (Graduate)
Night before: Get a good dinner -- I'm not too picky but I love getting a good piece of salmon. Paint my nails pink. Watch a good movie or show before bed.
Day of Race: Wake up, get a good bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee. Shake out for 10 minutes and do some strides before lunch. Get a turkey and cheese sandwich for lunch with a serious cup of Starbucks coffee. Watch some Friday Night Lights episodes - get my uniform on - head to the track about two hours before race time.
On what it's like to be at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials ...
It's really exciting. I've been to USAs here before but this is completely different. Everything is times 10 - the crowd is huge and it's really exciting. Oregon definitely knows how to put on a track meet. It's exciting to be here because I didn't get to come in 2008. I hurt my foot at NCAAs right before Trials and I had to give up my spot. I'm in a much better situation this year than I would have been four years ago.
On running at Hayward Field ...
Everyone really enjoys track here. The crowd really gets into the meet and they really enjoy the distance races. They truly appreciate the sport. It's not as much fun when you're running at a place where the stands are empty and here, there's not an empty seat. You get that in European meets too. I haven't been to a big Diamond League meet there yet and I hear it is incredible but I think this is the closest we are going to get to that here in the United States.
On feeding off the crowd's enthusiasm ...
I know that the crowd is there and I'm going to smile and enjoy the experience because there are not many other opportunities where you're out there and that many people are cheering for you. But, I think I do a pretty good job at just focusing on me because I'm here to do a job. But I'm also going to enjoy the experience as much as I can.
On how Georgetown and Coach Miltenberg have prepared her for this moment ...
Coach Miltenberg has really done an amazing job. I felt like when I was an undergraduate, I never really had the chance to hit my full potential and when I finished my eligibility at Georgetown, I said I wanted to run until 2012 and he said that he would work with me and we were in it together. I don't know that I would have gotten that support anywhere else. And it goes beyond Coach Miltenberg - the Georgetown University community has also been so supportive. I have professors from undergrad who are still really interested and I work in the community and their support is unbelievable. You wouldn't think that in D.C., you would get that neighborhood feel but I get it every day and it reminds me of how lucky I really am.
On her decision to continue running post-collegiately ...
It was not easy to come to the decision to continue running. I knew I had it in me to get to this level and with each year my commitment has grown more and more to get me to this point. I have a great support system with my roommates (former Hoyas Ashley Hubbard and Susan Hendrick, and a friend from home who ran track) - I have these great people around me who are supportive and understand the commitment I'm making. I've also learned to be patient - I've learned that if I have a little pain, I have to take time off and I can't run through it. It has just made me appreciate this experience that much more.
On how she felt during the preliminary 5,000m ...
I felt awesome during the prelim. It was cold and wet and I remember that going through my head in the first 100 meters. I thought to myself that I'm already cold and my feet are soaked. It went really well. I was prepared for it to be a very chill pace - no one really wanted to take the lead and then over the last three laps, that's when I really started concentrating on the fact that the pace was going to pick up. I got some cobwebs out on Monday and I think I'll be ready to go tomorrow.
On what she anticipates in the final ...
Coach Miltenberg has done a really great job of getting me and Emily (Infeld) ready for anything in terms of pace changes. We've really worked on different skills in practice. If it goes slow, then it goes slow and I'm ready to run with the best of them over the last few laps. And if it goes fast, I think I'm strong enough to run hard through the entire race. I'm not going to get my mind set on one race plan because I know it can easily change.
On her support system ..
It's not just here with my family, but it's back in Washington and at home in Albany. I've received so many nice text messages and emails - it means a lot. No matter what happens, I'm still going to be the fastest girl in the world to my little cousins. I think that puts things into perspective for me. When you're so close to it, it's easy to get caught up in everything and to think, "Oh, I didn't run that well," but in the grand scheme of things, getting here is a huge accomplishment. That's obviously not my only goal, I would love to come in the top three tomorrow, but I'm going to do my best and I really just want to walk away knowing that I did everything I could do.
On having fellow Hoyas also competing at Olympic Trials ...
It's amazing. The Georgetown community just goes everywhere. We all ended up at the same place following our races on Monday night. It means a lot that we're all here supporting each other. I'm going to cheer for Andrew (Bumbalough) and Maggie (Infeld). I think it's really unique, I'm not sure you really get this at other schools.
On what she's going to take away from this experience ...
There are so many things ... We were sitting in the warm-up area and we were about to walk out onto the track and they had a TV in there and I was watching Emily (Infeld) run in the first heat. I just remember thinking I hope she makes it through. Then I got out on the track and I saw on the board that she was through and I thought that if Emily can do it, I can do it too. We watched Maggie on the first day and she ran so well and it's really just a big confidence boost that my friends who I train with our out there doing great things and I get to cheer for them while they're doing it!
DAY 7 / THURSDAY ON THE TRACK
3:50 p.m. PT / 6:50 p.m. ET: Women's 1,500m Qualifying (Treniere (Clement) Moser, Maggie Infeld, Renee Tomlin)
4:20 p.m. PT / 7:20 pm. ET: Men's 1,500m Qualifying (Liam Boylan-Pett)
5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET: Women's 400m Hurdles Qualifying (London Finley)
7:15 p.m. PT / 10:15 p.m. ET: Women's 5,000m Finals (Emily Infeld, Elizabeth Maloy)
7:38 p.m. PT / 10:38 p.m. ET: Men's 5,000m Finals (Andrew Bumbalough)
Declarations for each event are open for up to 48 hours prior to the start time and will be considered and released on a rolling basis throughout the trials. Full coverage of current and former Georgetown student-athletes at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be available daily on www.GUHoyas.com.
Thursday, June 28: 9-11 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
Friday, June 29: 6-8 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
Saturday, June 30: 9-10 p.m. ET/PT (NBC)
Sunday, July 1: 7-8 p.m. ET/PT (NBC)