Where Are They Now? “Betsy Flood”

Mike Jay and Betsy Flood

Mike Jay and Betsy Flood

Her, 2011-12, senior year could not get over fast enough for former Dowling Catholic state champion and University of Iowa NCAA qualifier, Betsy Flood.  Betsy was so looking forward to her final year as an Iowa Hawkeye.  Her list of accomplishments was very impressive.   She was many times an All Big Ten performer.  She was All Region in track and cross country as well as a NCAA championship qualifier in both sports.

But Betsy’s final collegiate season did not go as planned.  Many tears were shed, many questions were asked, a lot of soul searching was done, when the always smiling team captain, just could not “get over the hump” and repeat what she had accomplished in the past, let alone improve.  Betsy is very strong in her faith, but even she, thought God might be going a bit overboard in testing her.

Despite a good showing at the Big 10 Outdoor meet (4th in the 1500 and 2nd in the 5,000), Betsy struggled.   Neither she nor Coach Layne Anderson had an answer.  After her final workout at Iowa she threw away her running shoes and spikes and her running career came to an end; for a little while anyway.

During this past summer, Betsy moved to Boulder, Colorado.  She had visited Boulder a few times on family vacations but had no real ties to the community, nor did she know anyone.  A pretty brave move for a 22 year old college graduate, not sure at this point what she expected out of life.

Boulder now feels like home.  Betsy has hooked up with the Boulder Track Club and has “re-kindled the fire” in her running career.    The Track Club is coached by Lee Troop, a 3 x Olympic Marathon runner from Australia who has competed at a world-class level for over 17 years.

Having also competed at World Championships, Commonwealth Games and winning 10 x Australian titles, Troop has now turned his attention to coaching and developing American distance runners.

In addition to training, with hopes of qualifying for the US Championships in the 5k or 10k, next summer, inBetsy Flood Road Race Des Moines, she is working at a local restaurant and was an assistant Cross Country coach at Boulder’s Fairview High School this fall.

The Knights finished second in the Colorado 5A boys state meet and 5th in the girls competition.  We will have to wait and see, to what level; Betsy rises to in her post collegiate running career.  But just having her back in the running community is a plus for everyone!

Having her coaching and inspiring high school student athletes is even better!  She is a great role model, a great athlete but an even BETTER person!

 

 

 

 

 

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