Amy Yoder Begley

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Amy Yoder Begley
Personal information
Born (1978-01-11) January 11, 1978 (age 39)
Topeka, Indiana, United States
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 116 lb (53 kg)
Website amybegley.com
Sport
Country  United States
Event(s) 3000 m, 5000 m, 10,000 m
College team Arkansas Razorbacks
Club Atlanta Track Club
Coached by Andrew Begley
Achievements and titles
World finals 2009 10000 m, 6th
Olympic finals 2008 10000 m, 26th
Personal best(s)

3000 m: 8:53.27
5000 m: 14:56.72

10000 m: 31:13.78

Amy Yoder Begley (née Yoder; born January 11, 1978[1] in Topeka, Indiana)[2] is an American middle and long distance runner and a US Olympian in the 10,000 meter event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Yoder Begley currently lives in Atlanta Georgia where she is coach of the Atlanta Track Club, assisted by her husband Andrew Begley.[3]

High school career[edit]

Yoder Begley attended East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana. She was a four-time state champion (one cross country and three 3200 meter titles)[4] and held the 3200 meter state record from 1996 until 2011 when it was broken by Culver Academy's Waverly Neer.[5]

Collegiate career[edit]

Yoder Begley graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2001. She was a two-time NCAA champion and a 15-time All-American.[6] She was 2000 SEC Female Athlete of the Year, and in 2016 she was selected to the Southeastern Conference 2016 Class of Women’s Legends representing Arkansas.[7]

Professional career[edit]

In 2006, she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.[8]

Yoder Begley was a Nike Oregon Project athlete from 2007[9] to 2011.[10] She trained with Galen Rupp, Kara Goucher, Adam Goucher, and Josh Rohatinsky under coach Alberto Salazar.[9]

Yoder Begley placed 3rd in the 2008 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon setting a new personal record of 31:43.60 and qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[11] She placed 26th in the finals of the 10,000 meters at the Olympics.[12]

Yoder Begley finished first in the 10,000 meter event at the 2009 USA Track & Field Championship on June 25, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon.[13] This qualified her to compete in the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin. She set a new personal record and finished in sixth place with a time of 31:13.78.[14]

In 2013 she became the women's cross country coach and assistant women's track and field coach at the University of Connecticut.[15]

In December 2014 she was hired as the first full-time coach in the 50-year history of the Atlanta Track Club. Among her responsibilities are creating training programs for the club's 21,000 members and training two athletes for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[3]

Highlights[16][edit]

  • 15-Time NCAA All-American in Cross Country and Track
  • 2-Time NCAA National Champion in Track
  • 2000 USA Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • 2001 Avon National 10k Champion
  • 2002 United States Team Member - Beijing Ekiden
  • 2002 RRCA Road Scholar Grant Recipient
  • 2002 Avon Global Championships Runner-up
  • 2004 USA Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • 2004 USATF 10k Road National Champion
  • 2008 US Olympic Team, 10k
  • 2009 USATF Indoor 3k champion
  • 2009 USA 15k Championship - 1st Place[17]
  • 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 10k, 1st place. Set personal and track record with a time of 31:22.69
  • 2009 World Championships in Athletics 10k, 6th place.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMY YODER BEGLEY". USA Track & Field. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ Alison Wade (August 18, 2003). "Interview with Amy Yoder Begley". Fast-Women.com. New York Road Runners. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Doug Roberson (December 22, 2014). "Q&A: Atlanta Track Club coach Amy Begley". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ Angelo Di Carlo (June 28, 2008). "Goshen born Amy Yoder qualifies for Olympics in thrilling fashion". wndu.com. WNDU-TV. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ "2010-11 IHSAA STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP". Indiana High School Athletic Association. June 4, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Jill Geer (June 27, 2008). "Stirring performances put Flanagan, Goucher and Yoder Begley on Olympic Team". USA Track & Field. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ Joy Ekema-Agbaw (January 21, 2016). "Arkansas Legend Honored By SEC". University of Arkansas. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ Rothstein, Michael (August 9, 2008). "Running over medical obstacles". The Journal Gazette. Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Brian Metzler (April 9, 2011). "Amy Begley: A Study in Tenacity". Runner's World. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ Ken Goe (October 14, 2011). "Olympian Amy Yoder Begley becomes the second high-profile departure from the Nike Oregon Project". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ "2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field - Results - Women's 10000 Meter Run". USA Track & Field. June 27, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  12. ^ Alan Abrahamson (August 15, 2008). "American Flanagan gets bronze in 10,000m". NBCOlympics.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ Ken Goe (25 June 2009). "Amy Yoder Begley digs deep, outlegs Shalane Flanagan for U.S. title". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics - 10,000 Metres - W FINAL". International Association of Athletics Federations. August 15, 2009. Archived from the original on August 18, 2009. 
  15. ^ "AMY YODER BEGLEY NAMED WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY HEAD COACH". University of Connecticut. August 1, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Amy Yoder Begley - Resume". Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ "History of the Gate River Run". Gate River Run. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 

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