Thursday, January 15, 2009

Olympian Kara Goucher entered in the mile...

According to a release posted at, 2008 US Olympian Kara Goucher (left, trailing Amy Yoder Begley/photo by Paul Merca) is the headliner competing in Saturday's UW Indoor Preview at the Dempsey Indoor.

Goucher, who was third at the 10000 at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, and ninth in the 5000 and tenth at the 10000 at last year's Beijing Olympics, is entered in the mile run, where she'll face NCAA All American Nicole Blood of the University of Oregon, and NCAA Division II cross country champ Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific at 3:24 pm.

Goucher turned in a history-making American performance by finishing third in the 2008 NYC Marathon. Crossing the line in 2 hours 25 minutes 53 seconds, it was the fastest marathon debut ever by an American woman; it was the fastest time ever by an American at the ING New York City Marathon; and it marked the first time in 14 years that an American woman placed in the top three in New York

Her training partner and fellow Olympian at 10000 meters, Amy Yoder Begley will run the 3000 against Pixler and recent Stanford grad Arianna Lambie at 4:00 pm.

As reported earlier this week on, Olympian Galen Rupp of the University of Oregon will run the mile, where he hopes to break four minutes for the first time in his career at 3:37 pm.

Rupp will run in a field that includes 2006 NCAA cross country champ Josh Rohatinsky, 2007 NCAA 800 meter finalist Tim Bayley, current UCLA standout and Mead High School grad Laef Barnes, and Rupp's Oregon teammate Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott.

The complete meet schedule is posted here, while the entry lists are posted here.

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