Kathy Newberry '00 Finishes 17th at NYC Marathon
NEW YORK, N.Y. - William and Mary alumna Kathy Newberry '00 finished 17th Sunday at the New York City Marathon, timing 2:35.23 in her debut at the 26.2 mile distance. Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the women's title in 2:28.20.
In addition to her 17th-place overall finish, Newberry was the third-fastest American woman in the race and earned $20,000 in prize money. Her time also qualified her for the 2012 U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials with an automatic "A" spot. The entry standards for the London Olympics have not been published yet, but in 2008 the automatic standard was 2:37.00.
Newberry was the College's head women's coach from 2005-2010, coaching her athletes to 10 of 11 CAA championships including all five cross country crowns and five of six track titles. While also coaching, Newberry has established herself as one of the top distance runners in the country, qualifying for the past three U.S. track Championships at 10,000m and representing Team USA at five World Cross Country Championships since 2004, captaining the squad in 2009. She was an Olympic Trials qualifier at 10,000m in both 2004 and 2008, and also competed in the 5,000m at the 2004 Trials.
Newberry ran for the College from 1996-2000, earning all-conference honors in cross country all four years and helping the Tribe reach the NCAA Championships in 1996 and 1998. On the track, she won both the 3,000m and 5,000m CAA titles in 2000, and still holds the school record in the 4x1,500m relay as well as the freshman records at 1,500m and 3,000m outdoors. Last fall, she was one of nine Tribe harriers selected to the CAA's 25th Anniversary Cross Country Team.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the women's marathon will take place on January 14, 2012, in Houston, Texas.