Caroline Austin, Bearcat graduate (W.F. West class of 2009) and WSU graduate, qualified for the 2020 Marathon Olympic Trials by running a 2:44:55 in the Houston Marathon on January 20.

“The morning of the race I was excited and terrified,” said Caroline. “The real test began after I passed the halfway point. Each mile became a small victory. The home stretch felt unbelievable. With all the people lining the course, the cheers helped carry me to the finish. This race has taught me to trust in myself, the power of a focused mental state, and the warmth of those around you that believe in you. I am excited to focus on shorter races as track season approaches but proud of the journey that I have made thus far.”

Congratulations Caroline!

Photo courtesy of Caroline Austin