Tollefson Added to U.S. Olympic Track Team
Aug. 10, 2004
Athens, Greece - Former Villanova University runner Carrie Tollefson has been added to the U.S. Olympic team in the 1,500 meter run for the upcoming Athens Olympic Games.
Tollefson won the 1,500 at the U.S. Olympic trials three weeks ago in Sacramento, Calif., but did not make the team at that time because her time did not meet the top standard.
Tollefson, a native of Dawson, Minn., has since run fast enough twice, and her spot in Athens was assured when competitors Amy Rudolph and Jen Toomey dropped their final attempts to run the distance in 4 minutes, 5.3 seconds, which is the top standard in the event.
Monday was the deadline for athletes to meet qualifying standards for Athens.
Tollefson will be the only U.S. entrant in the women's 1,500m run. She will join former Wildcats Carmen Douma-Hussar, Sonia O'Sullivan and Jen Rhines in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.