May 23, 2011
SEATTLE - Husky grad Katie Follett continues to roll in her first full season as a professional, as she beat an elite field on Saturday at the USATF Oxy High Performance Meet at Occidental College, lowering her U.S.-leading time in the 1,500-meter run. Follett the multimedia personality also served as a tour guide on Flotrack.org in a piece that debuted on Monday where the eight-time All-American visits some Seattle hot spots.
At the Oxy High Performance Meet, Follett ran the 1,500-meters for the first time since the Payton Jordan Invitational three weeks back where she got the win in a then-personal best time of 4:08.95. This time around, Follett hung near the front through the first three laps, and then passed Phoebe Wright, a multiple NCAA Champ formerly at Tennessee, and pulled away for the win in 4:07.44, which was under the `B' Standard for the IAAF World Championships later this summer that all athletes will be striving for. Follett also held off 2008-09 U.S. 1,500-meter champ Shannon Rowbury and Treniere Moser, the three-time champ U.S. champ from 2005-07.
Follett continues to be coached by UW head coach Greg Metcalf, and runs for Brooks Athletics. Her career-best as of this time last year was 4:10.66, which is the Washington school record. With the win on Saturday, Follett continues to own the fastest time by an American, or a North American, in 2011, and she is 12th overall in the world.