Lindsey Anderson

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Lindsey Anderson
Personal information
Birth nameLindsey Olson
Born (1985-05-23) 23 May 1985 (age 33)
Payson, Utah
ResidenceTwin Falls, Idaho
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
College teamWeber State Wildcats
Turned pro2007
Coached byPaul Pilkington[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)3000 m steeplechase: 9:30.75 (2008)

Lindsey Anderson (born May 23, 1985 in Payson, Utah) is an American middle distance and steeplechase runner.[2] She is a two-time NCAA All-American, a four-time school record holder at Weber State University, and a six-time Big Sky Conference senior champion. She also set a personal best time of 9:30.75 in the 3,00 meter steeplechase 1 by placing second at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, which guaranteed her a qualifying place for the Olympics.[3]

Morgan High School[edit]

Anderson, a native of Payson, Utah, started out her athletic career as a middle-distance runner, since she was in seventh grade. Anderson attended Morgan High School, where she had won five state track and cross-country titles, and held starting positions on both the girls' soccer and basketball teams. Coming out of high school, she was offered a full scholarship to study at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.[1]

Weber State University[edit]

While attending the University, Anderson continued to develop into what she called "a pretty, good college runner" in her first two years, before she worked with 1994 Los Angeles marathon champion Paul Pilkington in 2005. Under her coach's direction, Anderson stood out to be an Olympic hopeful, and eventually reached the summit of her career with a runner-up finish in the steeplechase at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and a third-place finish at the U.S. Outdoor Championships. Additionally, she earned NCAA All-American honors twice, held four school records in middle-distance running, and won five Big Sky Conference championship titles under the senior division, and won team MVP for the season. Also during Anderson’s senior year of cross country, she was ranked number one in the Big Sky Conference but got sick with bronchitis and received a fourth-place finish in the 5K with a time of 18:09.3. .[1][4]

Professional and International Racing[edit]

In 2008, Anderson posted a career best time of 9:30.75 in the women's steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Finishing second overall in the event, she clinched a spot on the United States team for the Olympics.[3][5]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Anderson competed in the first ever women's 3000 m steeplechase, along with her teammates Jennifer Barringer and Anna Willard. She ran in the first heat against sixteen other athletes, including Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi, and Russia's Gulnara Galkina-Samitova, both of whom were top medal contenders in this event. She finished the race in eighth place by five seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Mekdes Bekele, outside her personal best time of 9:36.81. Anderson, however, failed to advance into the final, as she placed twenty-fourth overall, and was ranked below four mandatory slots for the next round.Also, Anderson is usually the smallest competitor in the race, standing at only five foot four inches. However, she has an advantage in steeplechase because she was a jumper.4[6]

Lindsey Anderson placed 12th and finished in 2:36:51 - paced the first half of the 2018 Chicago Marathon in 1:18:16 to qualify for United States Olympic Trials in the 2020 Trials in Atlanta.[7]

Lindsey Anderson placed 6th and finished in 2:34:45 - paced the first half of the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon in 1:18:26 to qualify for United States Olympic Marathon Trials in the 2020 Trials in Atlanta.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Formerly Lindsey Olson, she is married to Mark Anderson who is also a runner. 2 They had their first child, a girl in October 2011. They had their second baby in 2014.Also, Anderson is usually the smallest competitor in the race, standing at only five foot four inches. However, she has an advantage in steeplechase because she was a jumper. All throughout Lindsey’s running career she was rarely number one, and suffered from a “fear of failure”. She was only offered two scholarships for running, and both were from Utah[9]

Coaching career[edit]

Coach Anderson coached at Weber State University from 2011[10] through 2014.[11] Coach Lindsey Anderson accepted an offer at California State University Bakersfield in July 2014[12]

"Marcia Mansur-Wentworth thinks she is going to be a great role model for our young women and young men and I am just thrilled that she wants to help us.” Anderson brings several years of coaching experience to Bakersfield after being an assistant coach for her alma mater, Weber State. She also competed for Oiselle, a women's running company that sponsors several elite female runners like Kara Goucher and Lauren Fleshman."

Coach Anderson has led the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles cross country and track and field men and women as head coach since 2018.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Gustavson, Jennifer (31 July 2008). "Running to Beijing". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Lindsey Anderson". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b Dunaway, James (4 July 2008). "Merritt upsets Wariner, Richards cruises as action resumes in Eugene – US Olympic Trials, Day 5". IAAF. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Lindsey Anderson Qualifies for Beijing Olympics". Weber State Sports. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  5. ^ Kirkland, Tom (13 August 2008). "Utah steeplechaser to debut in new Olympic event". KSL TV Utah. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Women's 3000m Steeplechase – Heat 1". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  7. ^ 2018 Chicago Marathon Results
  8. ^ 2018 Los Angeles Marathon Results
  9. ^ CSU Bakersfield announcement in 2014
  10. ^ Weber State 2011 Article
  11. ^ 2013 Coach Lindsey Anderson article
  12. ^ California State University Bakersfield 2014 article California State University Bakersfield
  13. ^ 2018 College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles coach Lindsey Anderson profile College of Southern Idaho

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