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App State Alum Qualifies For Olympic Team Trials In Marathon

App State Alum Qualifies For Olympic Team Trials in Marathon

App State track and field alumna and current distance assistant coach Tristin Van Ord finished fifth overall at the Rotterdam Marathon in Rotterdam, Netherlands to qualify for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the marathon event. Van Ord stopped the clock at 2:29:32, taking three minutes off her previous personal best and clocked a club record for On ZAP Endurance, the club she runs for professionally.

Van Ord’s previous personal best had been 2:32:55, set at the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN on June 19, 2021. She had also qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials at the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon, with a time of 2:40:02.

The Chapel Hill, N.C. native competed on App State’s cross country and track & field teams from 2013 to 2017 and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in sustainable development. While competing for the Mountaineers, she won nine individual championship titles in track events ranging from the 3000 meters to the 10,000 meters and helped the Black and Gold win the Sun Belt Conference cross country title in 2016 and the indoor track & field title in 2017. She was also nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2017 and is the current school record holder in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:04.64, set in 2017.

The standard time to qualify for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the women’s section of the marathon event is 2:37:00. Athletes must reach the qualifying standard or be qualified under an additional opportunity, outlined on the USATF qualifications page. The qualifying mark must also be made on a USATF certified course in an event that is sanctioned by USA Track & Field or a member of World Athletics.