Amy Hastings

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Amy Hastings-Cragg (born January 21, 1984 in Long Beach, California) is an American track and field athlete, specializing in long distance running events. Hastings trains in Providence, Rhode Island with Kim Smith and Molly Huddle under the guidance of Coach Ray Treacy. She is the 2012 American champion in the 10,000 meters and a qualifier for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In fall 2014, Amy married Olympian Alistair Cragg.[1]

Early career[edit]

Hastings went to high school at Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas. During her career, she captured three state titles on the track and won the state cross country championships.[2]

She was an Arizona State University teammate of Desiree Davila, the qualifying second place finisher in that same race. Running for ASU, Hastings had been the 2005 NCAA Indoor Champion in the 5000 meters.

International competition[edit]

Sponsored by Brooks, 2011 was her breakthrough year. She knocked 34 seconds off her previous results in the 5000 meters, to become runner up at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 15:14.31. The results of that race also qualified her for the 2011 IAAF World Championships, where she qualified for the final.[3]

2011 was also the year she tried her first marathon, at the Los Angeles Marathon. Her second place finish in 2:27:03 made her the eighth fastest American.[4]

In the 10,000 m at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Hastings was able to stay with the lead group of East Africans until the 18 minute mark before falling back to finish 11th in 31:10, roughly 50 seconds behind the gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba. Earlier in 2012, she finished in fourth place in the United States Marathon Olympic Trials.

"I cried about it probably every day for a month. But at the same time, every single day it was getting back into it and going to work and trying to recover and doing everything right to prepare myself for this day."[5]

In the 10,000 m at the 2013 World Championship in Moscow, Russia, Hastings finished 14th in 32:51.19.[6] Hastings announced she will run New York Marathon in November and will focus on the distance in future world events.[7] Hastings finished 20th in 2013 New York City Marathon in 2:42:50.[8]

On July 4, 2014, Hastings won the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, GA with a time of 32:16. The race also served as the 10,000 meter National Championship.[9] In the 2014 Chicago Marathon, Amy Hastings finished fifth in 2:27:03.[10]

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