BOTHELL, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Brooks athlete Amy Hastings sprinted to the win in the 10,000m at the USA Olympic Track and Field Trials today, earning herself a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic Team. Hastings pushed the pace for the second half of the race, kicking past her competitors and across the finish line with an official time of 31:58.36.
Following a hard fought U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials performance in January, where she earned an alternate spot on the marathon team, Hastings shifted her focus to the track with one goal in mind—to make Team USA.
“My experience in Houston made me a stronger runner and gave me new confidence that I carried with me into today’s race,” said Hastings. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent Team USA in London. It is an amazing feeling to know all the hard work paid off, and to come out with the win is icing on the cake.”
Hastings is the first Olympic Trials Champion from the Brooks team in more than 25 years. She will join fellow Brooks athletes, Desiree Davila and Manuel Huerta, in a quest for gold this summer in London. Davila solidified her spot on the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team in January with a speedy second-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. Huerta punched his ticket to the games last month by finishing ninth at the ITU World Triathlon.
“We couldn’t be happier for Amy, she deserved this win. Watching her during the last 100 meters had our entire section on their feet,” said Jesse Williams, Brooks sports marketing manager. “We can’t wait to cheer on Amy, Desi, Manny, and all of the athletes in London this summer.”
Accomplishing the victory in the 10,000m is only the first stop for Hastings in Eugene. Later this week, she will compete for a spot on the Olympic 5K team.
On the men’s side, Brooks athlete Ryan Vail ran a strategic race working his way up in the pack to finish in sixth place at 27:52.53. To learn more about all the Brooks-sponsored athletes, visit www.brooksrunning.com/athletes.
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