Annette Melcher competed in her first Olympic Trials this past Friday at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Going into the meet Annette ranked 26th amongst the 38 fastest U.S. women’s 800m runners. The 800-meters is considered by many to be “the hardest team to make,”and all 38 runners compete in 3-rounds of races for a top three finish, granting them a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Unfortunately, Annette did not qualify to the semifinals. Due to unfortunate circumstances Annette’s last few weeks of training were not full-force after battling injury, and she was unable to match her trials qualifying time of 2:02.32 set last year.
While it may not have been the fairy-tale ending she may have hoped for, we are incredibly proud of Annette for making it this far and fighting through until the very end, all while representing the U.S. Air Force.