FAYETTEVILLE – Former University of Arkansas Lady Razorback and Olympic bronze medalist Deena (Drossin) Kastor was named to the IAAF World Road Running Championships team by USA Track & Field on Monday afternoon.
Kastor, the U.S. Champion at 10,000 meters at the national championships in mid-June was one of five women selected to represent the United States at the meet in Udine, Italy, on Oct. 14.
“Deena was a great athlete when she was here and has gone on to become one of America’s greatest female distance runners,” Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. “We couldn’t be more proud of what she has done and wish her the best at her next competition in Italy.”
Kastor won the Olympic bronze at the 2004 Athens games in the marathon and gears up for this season’s championship, a half-marathon. The championship in Udine pits teams from a host of nations against each other with the top three athletes scoring for their country. Kastor joins Katie McGregor (Minneapolis, Minn.), Alicia Shay (Flagstaff, Ariz.), Tara Storage (Dayton, Ohio) and Desiree Davila (Rochester Hills, Mich.) on the course looking for a team championship.
During her professional career, Kastor has won numerous U.S. titles to go along with her bronze medal. She also holds the U.S. record for the half marathon (67:34) and marathon (2:19:36). Her major marathon titles include the 2005 LaSalle Bank Chicago and 2006 Flora London Marathons.
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