Olympic Track Hopeful Followed Sister to the Sport
March 7, 2012 – Middle-distance runner Emily Infeld (B’12), a nine-time All-American who wants to train for the summer Olympic trials, didn’t start out as a track and field player.
“I kind of tried every sport when I was younger… softball, basketball, soccer, even Irish dancing and gymnastics,” says Infeld, who will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship March 9-10.
It was her sister, Maggie Infeld (C’08, G’09, M’13), who introduced her to the sport.
“Watching [Maggie] run and seeing how much fun she was having with it made me want to try out even more,” the younger Infeld sister says.
Goals and Peaks
After following in her sister’s footsteps, she says she literally didn’t want to stop.
“When I hit one goal or one peak I just want to jump to the next one,” she explains.
Infeld, a senior business major, says she feels good about her chances in the women’s distance medley relay and the 3,000-meter events this weekend.
She and the team recently won the Big East Indoor Track and Field Championship, with Infeld winning the mile run, 3,000 meter and the women’s distance medley relay, which she ran as the team’s anchor.
And her fourth-place finish in the 6,000-meter race allowed Georgetown to clinch the 2011 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship this past November.
Almost Every Record
“Track has been going really great so far,” says the eight-time All-American from Beaumont, Ohio. “Our [distance medley relay] ran a really great time at the beginning of the season, so we’re excited for nationals.”
She became one of the top recruits in the country during her high school senior year and improved exponentially at the university.
“She holds almost every record at Georgetown now,” says Chris Miltenberg (B’03), head women’s track coach. “I think Emily could be the best not only in the country, but in the world over the next several years.”
Academics and Training
Time management has become a necessity for Infeld as a student-athlete at Georgetown.
“We run so many miles, you really have to make sure you’re getting a good amount of sleep and that you’re getting good meals in along with time for rest,” she says. “Being focused on training and school are the things that come first.”
The business major usually starts her day off with a morning run, followed by classes, study sessions, training and practices.
Infeld would like to pursue a master’s degree in sports industry management program from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies after graduating from the McDonough School of Business.
“I’m taking a sports marketing class now that I really enjoy,” she says. “I know I’ll wind up working in the sports industry in some capacity.”
A Great Leader
Infeld and the track team will start the outdoor track season after this week’s nationals. She’ll also train for the Olympic trials June 22-July 1.
Her times qualify her for the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter races.
She says the trials are a great opportunity for her to gain experience and possibly prepare her for the 2016 trials.
“What’s been great about Emily is that she’s someone who’s really grown during her time here and has grown into a great leader,” Miltenberg says.