Lucy's Olympic Experience

I’m going to the Olympics! This certainly is an amazing thing for me to say…I have only dreamt about this happening, but now I get to live it! As I begin my Olympic adventure, I would love to share it with my two favorite running sites, NZRun and Flotrack. So tune in for updates on how things are going as I prepare for the 2012 London Olympics. 

At the moment I am going through a transition. Having studied at Stony Brook University, in the United States, for the past five years I am now beginning a career as a professional runner. I feel so blessed that I can pursue this dream of mine, and I owe a huge thank you to my coach, Andy Ronan, and my agent, Ray Flynn, for partnering with me.

A week after NCAAs, with exactly one month left to qualify for the NZ Olympic Team, I went to New Jersey to run a 1500m with the goal of running close to the NZ Olympic Standard of 4:07.00. I ran a P.B. of 4:08.09 and was encouraged, knowing I could run faster in an A-paced race. Training had been going really well up to this point and I was feeling as if things were coming together at the right time. I felt like I was in the best shape of my life and so I emailed many of my friends and family to keep me in their prayers, knowing with God’s strength anything could be possible. I had a day at home and then flew to San Diego where an A-paced race was being set up. Morgan Unecy was the pacer - with three Canadians, one American and one Kiwi chasing after the Olympic A Standard - and the weather conditions were perfect. I felt very strong and confident during the race knowing the pace was going to bring me through with a fast time if I just stuck with it. I finished third with a new P.B. of 4:05.76 and my very own ticket to the 2012 London Olympics!

Instantly my world changed. I never expected the incredible response that I got from New Zealand. News channels, radio stations, and newspapers from around the country started contacting me and people whom I barely knew were sending me messages. My mum even phoned me saying a package in the mail arrived full of cards from a class of primary school children…I can’t wait to read every single one! Put simply, I have been overwhelmed with love and support from the whole country. As you can imagine I didn’t sleep much that week, as I was too excited! 

I am now in Cardiff, Wales, where I am basing myself with the NZ Olympic Team before I move into the Olympic Village in early August. Being surrounded by an amazing support team has been such a humbling experience and I know I will be ready to run the best race of my life come August 6th. I’ll keep you updated over the next month with everything I get up to as the Olympics draw near. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for all the support!

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With just one weekend left to qualify for the 2020 DI NCAA Indoor Championships a staggering 61 track and field All-Americans from last year have yet to achieve a top-16 mark in 2020.

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Joshua Cheptegei Smashes Road 5k World Record In 12:51

A little over a month after Rhonex Kipruto took down Joshua Cheptegei’s road 10k world record, the Ugandan has answered back in a big way by running 12:51 on Sunday in Monaco to smash Kipruto’s 5k world record. Cheptegei cut a whopping 27 seconds off the 13:18 that the Kenyan ran on Jan. 12, a run that came en route to Kipruto’s 26:24 10k record.

Mondo Does It Again, Breaks Pole Vault World Record

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Mondo Duplantis is ushering in a new era of the pole vault, one centimeter at a time. Just a week removed from his world record clearance of 6.17m, the 20-year-old vaulted 6.18m at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.

U.S. Indoor Women's Preview: Can Purrier Chase Down Houlihan?

The most interesting match-up of the indoor season materialized quickly. Last Saturday evening at the Millrose Games, Elinor Purrier dropped a stunning 4:16.85 mile to break the American record and dispatch a stacked field in a race that turned into a festival of personal bests and national records. It was a career-defining race for Purrier. A run fast enough to legitimately raise the question if she could beat America’s best mid-distance runner, Shelby Houlihan. This weekend at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, Purrier will have two chances (the 3000m on Friday and the 1500m on Saturday) to pull it off. 

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2020 High School Track & Field State Championships Central

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