Georgetown University alumna Emily Infeld (MSB ’12) qualified for Team USA in the 10,000-meter USA Track and Field Olympic trials July 2. This summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be Infeld’s first Olympic appearance. Infeld finished in second place with a time of 31:46.09. Molly Huddle claimed first place in the trial run, crossing the finish line at 31:41.62. The top three were rounded out by Texas Alumna Marielle Hall, 31:54.77.
Infeld, racing for the first time outdoors this season after a hip stress fracture that sidelined her for five weeks, attributed her successful race to raw determination.
“With three laps to go, I was grinding. I said, ‘OK, only a lap at a time.’ I was trying to latch onto Molly and hang on as long as I could. She is so tough,” Infeld said in an interview with OregonLive.
Infeld said that doctors had discovered that she had competed in the USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships with the stress fracture in her hip.
“I shouldn’t have raced,” Infeld said. “But I was too bull-headed and stubborn.”
Instead of racing before the trials, Infeld chose to wait and give her all at the trials. The temperature was so hot before the beginning of the race that Infeld stuffed ice cubes inside of her uniform. In spite of the heat, Infeld grinded her way to a vaunted Olympic appearance.
During last year’s International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China, Infeld captured a bronze medal in the 10,000m race by overtaking Huddle in the final lap. Huddle and Infeld, still friends, train together throughout the season.
Now both of them look to the grandest of prizes on the biggest of stages: an Olympic Gold Medal.
The finals for the women’s 10,000m will take place on the morning of Aug. 12 in Rio de Janeiro.
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