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Over The Cusp: 5 Questions With Amy Van Alstine
Amy Van Alstine, a 2013 RRCA Roads Scholar, turned more than a few heads at the U.S. Cross Country Championships on Feb. 15 in Boulder, Colo., running away from a very good women’s field to claim her first national title. Van Alstine, who didn’t make it on to many radars as a pre-race favorite, won the 8K race in 27:34—22 seconds up on second-place finisher and two-time world championships 1,500m medalist Jenny Simpson.
“I expected someone to go, but nobody went,” Van Alstine said after the race. “I tried to pick it up a bit, and I could feel everyone breathing on me. I felt really good, and I was kind of surprised that I won, and that Jenny (Simpson) wasn’t in front of me. I’m really happy and amazed.”
We recently caught up with the 24-year-old University of Richmond graduate, an adidas-sponsored athlete who trains with the newly formed Northern Arizona Elite squad in Flagstaff, Arizona.