Yesterday’s women’s 3,000 meter final at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships did not surprise us too much in regards to the winner because Shelby Houlihan is on fire since moving up from the 1,500 meters. The big surprise came from the resurgence of Katie Mackey on the Brooks Beasts.
Mackey took second and qualified for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham (U.K) on March 1. It is her first U.S. national team for a global championship and it comes after she’s been injured for much of the past year.
Here’s what coach Dannie Mackey had to say after the race, according to a statement from Brooks.
“This is Katie in true form,” Mackey said. “Getting her healthy after her injury from last summer took a while, but we knew she was capable and hungry for her spot at Worlds. Her smile at the finish says it all.”
@KatiefMackey made a world team today, and my life is complete! Katie is the toughest, grittiest, most dedicated person I know. No one deserves this more! Congrats Katie!! 💜🇺🇲🌎🏆 pic.twitter.com/3qb4lQl8s1
— Baylee Mires (@baybaymires) February 18, 2018
We pulled some of Katie Mackey’s U.S. Championship history when track world championship teams are on the line on the track….
2011 USA Outdoors – 8th in the 1,500m
2012 USA Indoors – 7th in the 1,500m
2012 Olympic Trials – 9th in the 1,500m
2013 USA Outdoors – 9th in the 1,500m
2013 USA Outdoors – 8th in the 5,000m
2014 USA Indoors – 5th in the 1,500m
2015 USA Outdoors – 6th in the 5,000m
2016 USA Indoors – 5th in the 1,500m
2016 Olympic Trials – 6th in the 5,000m
2018 USA Indoors – 2nd in the 3,000m (Makes first world championship team)
Here’s what that looks like in graph form: