In a release sent out to members of the media, the Seattle based Brooks Beasts announced that the team has added former University of Utah standout Amanda Mergaert and University of Georgia alum Megan Malasarte (photos courtesy Brooks Running) to its roster.
“Megan provides incredible poise and a collaborative mindset to the team, and Amanda brings a quiet ferocity and a lot of enthusiasm. They want to be here and are fired up,” said Brooks Beasts Head Coach Danny Mackey. “I’m thrilled to have them both on the team to help us continue competing at an elite level while inspiring people of all levels to lace up and run.”
Mergaert spent the 2014 season training with Drew Warternburg in Davis, California, and raced under the colors of Seattle-based Oiselle. She finished 14th in the 1500m finals at the USA Indoor championship, and was ninth in the 1500m semis at the outdoor championships in Sacramento, where she ran a personal best of 4:12.25.
Malasarte finished fourth in the NCAA 800m run, and was third in this year's SEC 800. She won the 800 at the NCAA East Preliminary round in Jacksonville, Florida in a personal best of 2:02.31 en route to the NCAAs in Eugene. She also won the 800 at this year's Drake Relays, and was third in the SEC indoor 800 this season. At this year's USA outdoor championships, she advanced to the semis, where she finished one spot out of a place in the finals.
Both athletes will make the move to Seattle shortly, and begin base training with the Beasts this fall