Calvin Alumn Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Women’s Marathon Trials
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
SACRAMENTO, CA —A third Calvin College graduate has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials January 14 in Houston, Texas. Earlier this year, Calvin alumn Paul Petersen (‘01) and Jed Christiansen (‘10) qualified for the men’s trials. This past weekend, 2008 Calvin graduate Christina Overbeck qualified for the women’s trials.
Overbeck qualified for the trials with a time of 2:44.24 at the California International Marathon on December 4. The time is an Olympic “B” standard but will allow Overbeck to compete in Houston, Texas next month as “B” standard qualifiers are allowed to compete but must pay their own way to the site of competition.
Overbeck was the 15th female finisher and the 125th finisher (male or female) overall in the race. The California International Marathon is considered one of the “last-chance” meets for qualification for the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials. The course follows an historic gold-miners’ round beginning at Folsom Dam and passing through rural Sacramento and ends at the California State Capitol. The race starts at an elevation of 366 ft. and finishes at an elevation of 26 ft.
Overbeck’s race came less than two months after she competed at the Chicago Marathon Trials where she posted a time of 2:47.07 that was just seven seconds shy of the U.S. “B” standard for trials qualification.
At Calvin, Overbeck was an NCAA III All-American in both cross country and track and field. Overbeck originally hails from the state of Washington but now resides with her husband in Portland, Oregon. At Calvin she was an engineering major and later worked in Chicago while also doing graduate work at Northwestern University.