Megan Hogan Finishes 5th at Stanford Invite Against Top NCAA Runners
Megan Hogan becomes first GW runner to qualify for a USA Cross Country or Track & Field event
April 7, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC -
Senior Megan Hogan placed fifth in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational, which so far this year is the 5th fastest 10k of any American woman. The field featured many of the NCAA's top 10k athletes. Hogan finished with a time of 32:34.95.
She posted a new personal best and school record by over a minute and twenty seconds, which beat her previous top time of 33:55.23 posted last year at the 2009 Penn Relays.
"The Stanford Invitational has been circled on our calendar since she finished 27th at NCAA's in the fall," said Head Coach Brian Beil. "The goal all along was to be ready to post an automatic qualifying time at this meet, then aim to peak in late June at USA's. Now that she's posted her qualifying mark she can set her focus on a consistent build-up to the National Championships. I'm extremely happy for Megan, she's been working hard toward this goal for a very long time, and it's great to see her finally reach it. The most exciting thing about this race is that she's achieved in just 3 years what most would be happy doing over a lifetime of running. She's got a tremendous future."
She has now achieved the "A" Standard for USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be held in Des Moines, IA, June 23-27. Her time was over a minute faster than the necessary time of 33:45.00 to reach the "A" Standard. This marks the first time in program history a GW athlete has qualified for any USA Cross Country or Track & Field event.
"It was really great to have the opportunity to compete against some of the best 10k runners in the world and show them that I can run with them," said Hogan. "I just got into my rhythm and stayed strong throughout and it paid off. I had no idea I was going to run the time that I did but I'm really happy with it and excited about racing at USAs in June."