Goshen born Amy Yoder qualifies for Olympics in thrilling fashion

The 10,000 meter run is a long race 31 plus minute race.

But it was a difference of just 1.4 seconds that guaranteed Goshen native Amy Yoder Begley a spot on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team on Friday night in Eugene, Oregon.

The 1996 East Noble graduate finished 3rd in the race, but needed to also meet the Olympic "A" Standard of 31 minutes and 45 seconds to qualify.

On the final lap, she dug down deep and took over, pushing herself across the finish line in 31:43.60.

"I was so antsy," Yoder Begley said on NBC Universal immediately following Friday night's race.

"I didn't want to make it that close. When I had one lap left, I had 70 seconds and I just said 'here we go."

Yoder Begley immediately collapsed to the ground. Tears rolled down her face as she realized she had achieved her Olympic dream.

Yoder Begley was a 3-time State champion in the 3200 meter run in high school at East Noble. She also won the Mental-Attitude award in 1996.

She went on to a great college career at Arkansas and now calls Beaverton, Oregon home.

She is married to Andy Begley, a Westview graduate who is an excellent runner himself.

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