Betsy Graney '11 Takes 18th in Steeplechase at Olympic Trials
Updated: Monday 06/25/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William and Mary alumna Betsy Graney '11 brought the Tribe's stay at the U.S. Olympic Track Trials to a close on Monday evening, bowing in the semifinals of the 3,000m steeplechase.  Graney ran 9:59.76 to take ninth in her heat, and finished 18th overall only six seconds behind the last qualifier for Friday's finals.

Graney graduated last spring after a very successful four years in Williamsburg, winning two Colonial Athletic Association titles in her specialty event.  As a senior, she was also selected to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Second-Team.  Her career didn't just end with a bang, it also began that way, as she was the CAA's Rookie of the Year in 2008 and represented Team USA at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships in the steeplechase.

After graduating last spring with a degree in kinesiology, Graney enrolled at Grand Valley State for Physical Therapy graduate school, and completed her two final seasons of college eligibility in grand style for the Lakers.  An All-American indoors in the mile and national champion in the distance medley relay, Graney really shined outdoors.  She ran 15:56 for 5,000m at Stanford in early April, and at the end of the month, ran a career-fast 9:53.85 in the steeplechase again at Stanford to qualify for the Olympic Trials.  It was also the fastest steeplechase ever run in NCAA's Division II.  Almost as an afterthought, in late May she won the D-II title in the steeplechase and was also an All-American at 5,000m.  In recognition of her accomplishments, Graney was named the Division II Women's Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA, and was named the Division II Academic All-American of the Year by CoSIDA/Capital One.

William and Mary's tenure at the U.S. Trials is now complete.

W&M 2012 Olympic Trials Finishers
Event Athlete Rank Performance
Pole Vault Janice Keppler T-9th 4.25m (13-11.75)
10,000m Christo Landry '08 17th 28:35.46
3,000m Steeplechase Betsy Graney '11 18th 9:59.76
800m Patrick Roach J.D. '12 30th 1:50.11

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