June 26, 2008
WASHINGTON - American University volunteer assistant cross country and track and field coach Julie Culley will compete in the women's 5000 meter run at this weekend's U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials being held in Eugene, Ore. Culley will be making her first appearance at the trials in hopes of earning a spot on the 2008 U.S. Summer Olympics Team.
Culley qualified for the Team Trials with a personal record time of 15:39.63 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on May 5th. Her time surpassed her previous PR in the event of 16:00.5 by more than 20 seconds. Culley, who has focused her training on the 5000, may also compete in the 1500 meter run at the Team Trials after qualifying for the event with a PR of 4:14.58.
"Julie's success is typical of the results we can see with the training program we use at American University," head coach Matt Centrowitz said. "Now that Julie has mastered our training program she will be a tremendous asset to our teams in teaching that program to our student-athletes. We all wish Julie the best of luck at the Olympic Trials."
The semi-final heats of the women's 5000 meter run are scheduled for 11:50 p.m. (EST) on Monday, June 30th, with the final scheduled for 11:55 p.m. (EST) on Friday, July 4th. The semi-final heats of the 1500 are scheduled for 8:25 p.m. (EST) on July 4th with the final to be contested on Sunday, July 6th at 4:05 (EST).
Culley joined the AU staff in January of 2008 when she began training with Centrowitz. Prior to AU, she was an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Loyola College after stepping down from the head coaching position which she held from 2005 to 2006. Culley graduated from Rutgers University in 2004 where she was a 2002 cross country All-American, a three-time Academic All-American and recipient of the 2003 New Jersey NCAA Woman of the Year Award.