Jed Christiansen Third American at Chicago Marathon - Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
Monday, October 10, 2011
Jed Christiansen, a 2010 Calvin College graduate, had the finest marathon performance of his running career this past weekend at the Chicago Marathon. A native of Greenville, Pennsylania, Christiansen took 14th at the 2011 Chicago Marathon with a career-best time of 2:18.31, a pace of 5:18 per mile. Not only was Christiansen the 14th individual finisher at the Chicago Marathon, but he was also the third American finisher.
His time was also a qualifying time for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials - scheduled for January 14 in Houston, Texas. A graduate of Greenville High School in Pennsylvania, Christiansen is the second Calvin alum to qualify for the upcoming U.S. Olympic trials as 2001 Calvin graduate Paul Petersen also qualified with a time of 2:17.35 at the Boston Marathon this past April.
At Calvin, Christiansen was a four-time cross country All-American and a four-time track and field All-American. In 2009, he was the recipient of Calvin’s Bere’ Memorial Award and also the MIAA’s Al Deal Scholar-Athlete Award. At Calvin, Christiansen majored in physical education along with a health education minor.
Christiansen is currently an assistant cross country coach at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania. He is one of three Christiansen brothers that have run at Calvin as younger brothers Jake and Job Christiansen have also been members of the Calvin cross country and track and field programs.
Also of note, 2008 Calvin graduate Christina Overbeck was the 24th individual finisher on the women’s side with a time of 2:47.07. She was also the 10th American woman to finish the race. Her time was just shy of the “B” standard for the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials. 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 in Chicago.