OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT: Christin Wurth-ThomasEvent: 1,500 MetersDate: Prelims – Tuesday, August 19; Semis – Thursday. August 21, Finals – Saturday, August 23
Christin Wurth-Thomas secured her spot on the 2008 Olympic Team with her third-place finish in the 1,500 meters (4:08.48) at the Olympic Team Trials. A star while at the University of Arkansas, Wurth-Thomas became a post-collegiate threat when she won the 1,500 meters at the 2005 Nike Prefontaine Classic.
Wurth-Thomas clocked times of 4:13.40 (prelims, first of 29 runners) and 4:12.66 (semis, fourth of 24) to advance to the 1,500-meter finals in Eugene at the Olympic Trials.
Also in 2008, she finished third in 1,500 meters at the Nike Prefontaine Classic (4:04.88) and was second at the adidas Track Classic (4:04.94). She finished sixth in the heats of the mile at the World Indoor Championships (4:10.56).
She punched her ticket to the 2004 World Cross Country Championships in Brussels with her seventh-place finish the 2004 USA Cross Country Championships (4K, 13:08).Wurth-Thomas holds the University of Arkansas school record in the 1,500 meters (4:10.49) and the mile (4:36.94) for the Razorbacks. She owns the second-fastest 6,000-meter cross country time in University of Arkansas history (19:33.55).
Wurth-Thomas will run the marathon in Beijing Tuesday, Aug. 19. For complete results and details of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, visit http://www.iaaf.org/OLY08/index.html. For more information on the Razorbacks in Beijing, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Career Highlights: Third at 2008 Olympic Trials in the 1,500 meters; 2008 USA Indoor champion in the mile; 2007 USA Outdoor runner-up in the 1,500 meters; 2007 USA Indoor runner-up; third at 2003 NCAA Outdoors; third at 2003 NCAA Indoor mile; four-time All-American and three-time SEC Champion.