Hopkins Grad, Now Marathon Runner Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Team Trials
It was a celebration for thousands of runners this weekend who completed the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 mile races. A former Hopkins High School track and cross country athlete has special reason to celebrate.
Jenny Goswami, a graduate of Hopkins High School in 2002, who back then was Jenny Jorvig, has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the marathon, a 26.2 mile race.
To qualify for the team trials, Goswami needed to finish under 2 hours 45 minutes. She bested that by two minutes.
“I tried not to think about it until around mile 24 when I saw the clock there. I knew if I could just keep it under 6:30 [per mile], I’d get it. So it was I kind of don’t lose it now,” she recalled.
The team trials is an opportunity to compete for the coveted three spots on the U.S. Olympic team in the marathon event. Goswami credits her Hopkins coaches and teammates for nurturing her love of running.
“Our coaches were awesome and fabulous. I think mostly it was the community. The team was awesome. My best friends, still my best friends, came from it. So kind of the love of the sport was born here. And why I love to run all stemmed from here,” said Goswami about her days at Hopkins High School.
Goswami now lives in Gladwyne, Penn., with her husband and three children. She will be included in a field of 300 women competing in the marathon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held in February in Atlanta.
Advice for Runners
Before achieving her feat on Sunday, Goswami ran 50 miles a week and did cross-training workouts on top of that. She gave this advice for runners trying to achieve their own personal goals.
“I say one day at a time, one step at a time. Yesterday my whole mentality was one mile at a time. So when I got to mile five, it wasn’t five done, 21 to go. It was five done, one to go. Just think of each little section and try to make each little part a goal.”