Chasing the Olympic dream

Former Bradley cross country and track star MARY GOLDKAMP ’11 qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 3,000 steeplechase with a second-place finish in early June at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville. 

Goldkamp, currently a Bradley assistant coach, finished less than one-tenth of a second ahead of the third-place finisher. The steeplechase blends speed and endurance, featuring 35 total barriers (28 hurdle jumps and seven water jumps) over the length of the course. The top three runners at the trials who make the Olympic standard qualifying time will be on the U.S. team in London. 

“It’s very difficult to keep your form and rhythm while running and doing everything to make sure you don’t wipe out on the hurdles,” Goldkamp said. “The last third of the race your legs are very tired, so this is a challenge.”

Preliminary races in the steeplechase trials at Eugene, Oregon, are June 25 with the top finishers running June 29 in the finals. 

“This is a place that my sport is represented nationally and worldwide with appreciation and support,” said Goldkamp, who also works as an RN at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. “I am excited to race the best in the nation and put all my hard work to the test.”   

— Bob Grimson ’81