Citius Mag’s Jesse Squire chats with Michigan’s Jaimie Phelan on Monday, June 12, 2017, just two days after she won the first NCAA women’s 1500 meter championship in Michigan history.
Phelan became the Wolverine’s first woman to win the NCAA title at 1,500 meters thanks to a brilliant last lap where she want from last to first. She crossed the finish line in 4:13.78 – just .02 ahead of the runner-up Nikki Hiltz of Arkansas. It was the second-closest NCAA women’s 1,500 meter final in history.
Phelan on her two close finishes in NCAA cross country championships and then at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
“So for cross country season, we did not expect to be runner-up from cross country at nationals. We were all ready to give everything that we had at the national meet and to come out that close for a national title for our team was just unbelievable. A lot of us, we couldn’t be happier. For me in that moment, I knew I wanted to get to the line as fast as I could – same with this race in track. I didn’t know how close it was when I was running and I didn’t have any idea who was around me. I didn’t realize how close it was until hours after the race. Our overall team and coaches they have been amazing through this whole year and season.”
Check out the full interview above!