June 23, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College distance runner Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.) will compete at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Monday, June 25 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Sisson will run the semifinals of the 5,000 meters, with heats beginning at 9:05 p.m. eastern. The heats can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network.
"The hope will be to make the final," explained Ray Treacy, Providence Director of Track and Cross Country Operations. "That would be a tremendous achievement. Based on qualifying times she's (ranked) 27th, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have a good chance, the way she's running right now, of making the final."
The rising junior is the first Providence College track athlete to take part in the U. S. trials while still an undergraduate. She earned her way with a qualifying time of 15:35.54 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 20.
Sisson had an outstanding sophomore campaign for the Friars, her first year on Smith Hill since transferring from the University of Wisconsin. She became a First Team All-American this past outdoor season, placing fourth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championship. Earlier in the spring, she earned her first BIG EAST individual title in the same event. During the 2011-12 indoor season, she garnered Second Team All-America honors in the NCAA 3,000-meters.
For the 20-year-old, the experience of competing against the nation's best Monday should prove invaluable.
"This time, going in, the pressure is all off her," said Treacy. "She'll get the feeling of being at the trials pretty much without the pressure which will probably come in spades in four years' time.
"It's like somebody going to the NCAA's for the first time. Having done it, they are more likely to go back and perform better the second time around because they have been through it. It'll put her in a good state in 4 years' time."
Former Friar Katie DiCamillo '09 (Garden City, N.Y.) competed in the trials' 10,000-meter final Friday evening. Running against the nation's best, DiCamillo crossed in 21st with a time of 33:26.72.
"It's a huge achievement for Katie to make it to the trials," said Treacy. "She has really come on an awful lot in the last two years, to the point at where she's at right now. It just goes to show, if you stick with it you will get better and better as the years go on well into your late 20s. She's stayed focused on it, and has the reward now of going to the Olympic trials."
- Go Friars -