July 5, 2008
Eugene, Ore. - Former Loyola women's track coach Julie Culley earned a Top-10 finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials with a seventh-place showing in the 5,000-meter final. Culley shaved off more than two seconds from her qualifying time to post an outstanding result on Friday night in Eugene, Ore.
Culley advanced to the finals with a 15:36.50 - the fifth fastest time among all qualifiers. On Friday night, she ran a 15:34.43, coming up short of her Olympic dream, but realizing an impressive finish among America's top runners.
Culley, who left Loyola to pursue full-time racing, was the school's first women's track coach. She also served as an assistant to Loyola's cross country program.
U.S. Olympic Trials - 5000m FinalFinals 1 Kara Goucher Nike 15:01.02 2 Jennifer Rhines adidas 15:02.02 3 Shalane Flanagan Nike 15:02.81 4 Sara Slattery adidas 15:18.88 5 Lauren Fleshman Oregon TC Elite 15:23.18 6 Arianna Lambie Nike 15:29.99 7 Julie Culley New York A C 15:34.43 8 Rebecca Donaghue New Balance Boston 15:35.48 9 Tasmin Fanning Virginia Tech 15:41.05 10 Molly Huddle Saucony 15:42.19 11 Melissa Cook New Balance 15:48.44 12 Maureen McCandless New Balance 15:54.50 13 Angela Bizzarri Illinois 16:03.99 14 Amy Hastings adidas 16:07.03 15 Teresa McWalters Stanford 16:09.44 -- Renee Metivier Baille Nike DNF