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Event Logo 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020
Centennial Olympic Park
Atlanta, GA



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IN THEIR WORDS

CALEB KERR (Zionsville; 59th place; 2:20:21)
Quads were jello on the warm up... sure sign of nerves (the good ones). Started near the back of the field and tried to be as relaxed as possible. Still got sucked out fast but I focused on slowing down the whole first loop. The wind was brutal, honestly worse than the hills. Had a little bit of a cramp around 5 I think from doubling up on gel at the start and then Maurten at 2. I skipped the bottle at 6 and just had a sip of water. Jordan (Kyle) and I stuck together through halfway, hitting the planned halfway split of around 1:09:08

Definitely had some fatigue in the quads early from all the descents, so continued to try to hold back as much as I could. Started to feel the field break up at the end of the second 8 mile loop. Jordan fell off my shoulder around there as well. Decided it was time to start moving up. Got rolling on the long descent with Alan Peterson (
Illinois) and made up several spots. Jonathan Aziz (Colorado) joined us at the turnaround and helped me stay engaged and push the pace going back up Peachtree. I saw some guys at the hairpin up ahead and made goals to catch a few of them. Jackson Neff (IL), Reed Fisher (CO), Joe Stilin (NC), Lou Serafini (MA), and Tyler Jermann (MN) were a few I recognized.

Last bottle stop at 22 went well and I thought I had quite a bit left, so I was pretty confident. The final spur out past the rings totally broke me though. I beat Aziz up the hill but when we hit the top he surged into the wind and it about knocked me over. Barely stayed engaged for the next mile and then totally went to survival mode going past the stadium. Everyone looked horrible. I felt like we were all walking (we were still running 5:40-50 pace but it felt so slow). The wind was roaring in your face. Finally got to the downhill to the finish and was able to pass one more person. Definitely the hardest course and race I’ve ever run. I think I judged my effort just about perfectly. Didn’t make any big moves and made up around 40-50 spots over the last 10 miles (including many many DNFs ahead of course). If I could change one thing I would avoid running into the wind as much as I did early. I had no choice late but I should have either joined a slightly faster or slower group to stay out of the gusts on the first loop or two.
 
We’ll see what’s next for me. I’d like to take a shot at  sub 2:15 or better this fall. Looking forward to many more marathons in the future. Hopefully also OT in 2024.


ANDREW WILLIAMS (Middlebury; 121st place; 2:26:56)
The whole Olympic Trials experience was unforgettable.  The Atlanta Track Club did a great job with organization and making sure everyone was well taken care of.  It was amazing to warm up and toe the line with the best marathon runners in the U.S.  My training cycle going into this race was not ideal.  I was having severe knee pain 3 weeks ago and I wasn't sure if I would be able to race, but through many prayers and some rest I was able to heal enough to feel ready to race.  Due to the circumstances and difficulty of the course I knew a personal best time was not realistic, but I decided to go out hard to give myself a shot at a big performance.  After running under 5:10 miles for the first few I decided to settle in and be patient.  I got passed by a lot of people between miles 5 and 11, but I knew if I kept grinding it out I would be able to catch a lot of people in the second half.  By focusing on reeling people in after mile 13, I was able to stay engaged in the race despite dead legs and a slower pace.  The crowd of 100,000+ was unbelievable, and it was fun to hear my name from family and friends along the way.  It was a true blessing and privilege to run this race.  My wife and kids have made a ton of sacrifices to enable me to train and prepare for this event, and I thank God for the talents and opportunities that he has given me.

LAURA ZENGER (Fort Wayne; 368th place; 3:03:06)
My race started out really well, but unfortunately, the second half went poorly. I had nutrition issues, which caused me to struggle from mile 16 and eventually I got sick (and threw up) at mile 23.  The crowds were so amazing though and cheered me to keep going, so I kept slowly jogging and managed to finish the race in 3:03.  While I was disappointed my stomach/nutrition was what slowed me down, I felt so loved with so many friends and family supporting me.  I even teared up at the end because I've never felt more proud to have finished a race.

Thank you especially to Atlanta Track Club for hosting such an amazing event. It was so nice to be able to run with so many other women and help push each-other on.  I will remember it forever and would love to race again in 2024!


INDIANA RESULTS SCOREBOARD

complete results: men | women 

MEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place

Name

Bib #

Age

City, State

Affilation

 

59

Caleb Kerr

238

26

Zionsville, IN

 

2:20:21

113

Jordan Kyle

88

33

Carmel, IN

Brooks

2:25:59

121

Andrew Williams

159

32

MIddlebury, IN

 

2:26:56

144

Robert Murphy

242

25

Warsaw, IN

 

2:30:58

WOMEN

WOMEN

 

 

 

 

 

Place

Name

Bib #

Age

City, State

Affilation

 

103

Olivia Ballew

268

30

Bloomington, IN

Brooks

2:43:53

368

Laura Zenger

425

27

Fort Wayne, IN

Three Rivers Racing

3:03:06

387

Kelby Laughner

400

27

Indianapolis, IN

 

3:12:01

DNF

Anna Weber

112

31

Indianapolis, IN

Oiselle

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Of special note, Notre Dame alum and past USATF Indiana member Molly Seidel finished second to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team.  Competing in her first marathon she ran 2:27:31.


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