Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Alumni News: Jennifer Bergman Qualifies for Olympic Marathon Trials!


Houston, Texas - Jennifer Bergman competed in the US 1/2 Marathon Championships in Houston Texas Sunday, running 1:14:03 to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials. It was just her second attempt at the distance and a personal best by more than a minute. Jennifer, a graduate from Valley Christian High School, competed for the University of Arizona where she was a three-time All-American. She finished 8th in the 10,000 meters at the USATF Championships in 2013 and currently runs professionally for Mizuno.

Bergman was dominant as a prep. A three time CCS Champion, she finished on the state podium all four years. Her senior year she was named the San Jose Mercery News runner of the year and qualified for the Footlocker National Championships finishing 6th in the West Region at Mt. Sac.  Her 2008 win at the WCAL Championships is still the fastest in league history and she still holds the team record for every cross country course she ran.

Qualifying for the NCAA Championships as a freshman, she led the University of Arizona her four years as a Wildcat. She finished third in the NCAA 10,000 meters as a sophomore at just 19 years of age. Her success continued through her senior year where she earned All-America honors in cross country and track. Since graduating she has turned her attention to the professional ranks running for Mizuno North America, living and training in Washington D.C.

Her race over the weekend was just her second half-marathon at a blistering 5:38 per mile. "5:30 pace felt comfortable," Bergman said in the interview below. "I felt good so I went with the pack."

"Everything depended on this race."

You can check out Jennifer's post race interview in its entirety at the link below:

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