Amy Yoder Begley is going to Beijing.
The East Noble High School and University of Arkansas graduate qualified for the upcoming Olympic Games by finishing finished third in the 10,000 meters in 31:43.60 Friday night at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Her time bettered the Olympic “A” standard of 31:45 — a time she needed to beat in order to ensure a place on the team.
Amy is married to Andy Begley, Westview High School graduate and former Warrior runner.
The two-time NCAA champion and 16-time All-American while at Arkansas took the lead with seven laps to go.
Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher took the lead back with three laps remaining. Flanagan pulled away in the final 300 meters to win in 31:34.81 with Goucher finishing second in 31:37.72.
“This is the best day ever,” she in an article on the Arkansas Web site. “I’m so excited. It hit me that I got the standard. I’m so excited to be going to Beijing. I gave it all I had on the final 400 meters hoping it would be enough.”
Record in 100
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Tyson Gay got quite a fright in his first race Saturday. He set a record in his second.
Gay broke Maurice Greene’s American mark in the 100 meters by running 9.77 seconds in his quarterfinal at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.
“It tells me I’m in pretty good shape,” Gay said. “We’ve got two more rounds left.”
He tied the fourth-fastest time in the history of the event, despite clearly easing up a tad over his final few strides. Still, that was nothing compared what he did in his opening heat earlier in the day, when Gay came awfully close to a monumental blunder.
After building a big lead, the reigning world champion eased up a lot with about 30 meters left — so much that the rest of the field began to catch him. Gay was forced to accelerate again and he lunged across the finish line in fourth place, good enough to advance.