Amy Begley

Track and Field

Amy Begley
Events: 10,000m
Height: 5-4
Weight: 116
PR: 31:43.60 (2008)
Current Residence: Beaverton, Ore.
High School: East Noble (Ind.) HS ‘96
College: Arkansas ‘01
Coach:  Alberto Salazar
Agent: Peter Stubbs
Club: Nike - Oregon Project

Career Highlights: 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials; 2001 NCAA Outdoor champion; 2000 NCAA Indoor 5,000m champion; 2000 NCAA Outdoor 5,000m runner-up; 16-time All American

Yoder Begley entered the Olympic Trials lacking the Olympic "A" qualifying standard of 31:45:00 - a time she needed to beat in order to ensure a place on the team. Knowing a ticket to Beijing was on the line, Yoder Begley took the lead with seven laps to go, in pursuit of the A standard. Flanagan and Goucher again took over with three laps to go. But it was Yoder Begley's solo race for third that was most inspiring. Running alone and visibly digging for every available bit of energy, she needed to cover the final 800 meters in 2:20 to beat the 31:45 standard. It took minutes after she crossed the finish line for her time to be displayed on the scoreboard, but when it did, it was cause for celebration. 31 minutes, 43.60 seconds. Yoder Begley made it to Beijing with 1.40 seconds to spare...graduated from Arkansas with a BS in Exercise Science/ Biomechanics...married to Andrew Begley...afflicted with Celiac disease, Begley cannot consume the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye.

Competition Results:
2008:
3rd at Olympic Trials (31:43.60)...2nd in 5,000m at Oregon Relays (15:46.55)...12th at Cardinal Invite (32:07.84)...6th in 3,000m at adidas Track Classic (9:16.48)...2nd at Border Duel Elite (31:59.46)
2007: 1st at Manchester Road Race (24:39)...5th at Stanford (15:54.14)
2006: 8th at USA Outdoors (15:43.77)...11th in 3,000m at adidas Track Classic (9:04.29)...13th at Peachtree 10k (32:56)...best of 15:43.77.
2005: 7th at USA Outdoors (15:24.88)...14th in 1,500m at adidas Invite (4:18.06)...2nd at Cardinal Invite (15:34.01)...4th at USA 5km Champs (16:04.8)...USA 10km Champs runner-up (32:45)...ranked #9 in the U.S. at 5,000m by T&FN...best of 15:24.88.
2004: 9th in 5,000m and 10,000m at Olympic Trials (15:52.12, 33:17.78)...1st in 3,000m at UTEP (9:39.43)...10th at Boston HP (15:35.95)...best of 15:35.95.
2003: 1st at Naples Half Marathon (1:13:39)
2002: 9th at USA XC (28:03)... 2nd in 5,000m at Cardinal Invite (15:38.60)...2nd in 1,500m at Mt. SAC (4:19.83)...best of 15:38.50.
2001: NCAA 10,000m champion (33:59.96)...11th in 5,000m at USA Outdoors (15:54.74)...ranked #8 in the U.S. at 10,000m by T&FN...best of 33:59.96.