2006 USA Cross Country Champion
2006 USA Indoor Champion - 3000m
11th 2002 World XC Championship
2nd 2002 USA XC Championship
1997 NCAA Cross Country Champion
Five-time NCAA Champion
5000 meters - 15:04.07
3000 meters - 8:44.63
1500 meters - 4:06.13
Carrie Tollefson established herself as an international caliber athlete with her 11th place finish in the 2002 World Cross Country Championship in Dublin, Ireland. She's one of only two high school runners ever to win five state cross country championships. In all, she won an astounding 13 Minnesota state championships while running for Lac Qui Parle Valley High School in Minnesota.
After winning the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 1997 Carrie was put on notice by doctors that a tumor found in her heel threatened to end her running career. Surgery was necessary. After a long recovery and not running for six months Carrie was determined to prove she would not only run again, but also be better than before. Her first run back lasted only 90 seconds, but it was a start. In the fall of 1998 the gutsy Tollefson finished 14th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship helping Villanova win the team title. She went on to win four NCAA titles in track including her thrilling 3000/5000 double win at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
An energetic and outgoing person, Carrie lives and trains in Edina, MN with Team USA Minnesota.
Contact: Jennifer & David Patruno
David at work: 315-472-0744
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