Cal's Magdalena Lewy Makes U.S. Olympic Team in the Marathon

April 20, 2008

BOSTON, Mass. - California track and field assistant coach Magdalena Lewy placed second in the women's marathon in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials Sunday in Boston, Mass. With the second-place finish, Lewy will be headed to Beijing, China for the Olympics later this summer, as the top three runners qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team. Lewy, who is in her seventh season coaching at Cal, clocked a 2:30:19 to take second overall. Deena Kastor won the race at 2:29:35.

'She had a very wise plan, and she executed it to perfection,' said Cal interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'She ran her own race. I'm so proud of her and so happy for her that she has made the Olympic team. She has worked very hard. This is a wonderful accomplishment for her and her family.'

Lewy led for most of the race before she was passed by Kastor at the 2:15 mark. She was in first from the start until the 24th mile of the 26-mile-plus race. Despite losing the top spot, Lewy still held a strong lead over the competitors in third and fourth place, ensuring her spot on the Olympic team.

The Olympic Trials race featured a specially designed course that toured historic Boston with a one-time loop that passed Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, the State House and Beacon Hill, with the starting and finishing lines at the traditional Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street. The course featured four loops of approximately six miles each proceeding down Commonwealth Avenue, crossed the Charles River into Cambridge using the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, running east, then west along Memorial Drive. Runners then returned from each of the Core Loops via Massachusetts Avenue.

Lewy earned All-America honors at Cal with a third-place finish in the 5000-meter run at the 1997 NCAA Championships with a career-best time of 16:04.86. She qualified for the 1995 NCAA meet in the 3000 and 5000, but only ran the 5000. On Cal's all-time performers list, Lewy ranks second in the 5000 (16:04.86), third in the 3000 (9:25.93) and seventh in the 1500 (4:23.34).

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