Appalachian State track and field

BOONE — Appalachian State cross country and track and field alumna Tristin Van Ord qualified for the 2020 United States Olympic Trials in the marathon over the weekend.

Running in her first marathon for the Raleigh Distance Project/Oiselle, Van Ord placed 15th in the female division at the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. in 2:40.00 to qualify for the United States Olympic Trials, which will be held on Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Ga.

“I couldn’t be happier for Tristin,” cross country head coach and distance coach Michael Curcio said in a statement. “She’s a great young person who is really committed to getting to the next level. After her last collegiate race, we talked about what she wanted to do next and she said she wanted to keep running and competing. She has set a goal and has taken the steps to get there. Someday, I’m sure she will be wearing a USA uniform and representing us all.”

Van Ord enjoyed a standout career at App State in both cross-country and track and field. In cross-country, she was a three-time All-Sun Belt honoree and holds the school record in the 5K with a time of 17:02.50.

In indoor track and field, she holds the school record in the 5,000-meter run and won one conference title in the 3,000-meter run and two in the 5,000-meter run. Van Ord also is the school record holder in the outdoor 10,000-meter run and won three consecutive Sun Belt titles in the 5,000-meter run and two straight in the 10,000-meter run during the outdoor season.

Van Ord becomes the seventh Mountaineer and first female in program history to qualify for the United States Olympic Trials in the marathon.

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