Magdalena Lewy Boulet Qualifies for World Cross Country Championships
Feb. 17, 2010
BERKELEY - Former Cal All-American and 2008 Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet finished fourth at the USA Cross Country Championships last Saturday to qualify for the U.S. team that will compete at the IAAF World Championships next month.
Lewy covered the eight-kilometer course at Plantes Ferry Recreation Park in Spokane, Wash., in 26:09. The top six finishers will represent the United States at the World Championships to be held March 28 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Shalane Flanagan captured her fourth U.S. cross country crown with a 51-second victory, crossing the line in 25:10. Molly Huddle was second in 26:01, followed by Amy Hastings in third (26:06) and Lewy Boulet. Renee Metivier Baillie and Sara Hall placed fifth and sixth, respectively, to round out the World Championships team.
For complete results of the U.S. championships, visit the USA Track & Field website here.
Lewy Boulet earned a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the marathon after taking second at the U.S. Trials. However, she was unable to finish her race in Beijing after sustaining a thigh injury. As a Golden Bear, she earned All-America honors her senior year in the 5000 meters with her third-place finish at the 1997 NCAA meet.
Since graduating with a degree in human biodynamics, Lewy Boulet has remained close to the Cal program, serving as both a full-time assistant coach and volunteer assistant coach for the Bears over a total of nine years.