Event: 3,000m Steeplechase
PR: 9:41.12 (2011)
Current Residence: Charlottesville, Va.
High School: Broad Run HS ’06 (South Riding, Va.)
College: Virginia ‘11
Coach: Mary Jayne Reeves
Garcia capped off a break-out season in the 3,000m steeple chase by qualifying for the 2011 World Championship team with her fourth place finish at USA Outdoors. After redshirting the 2010 outdoor track season, Garcia secured her spot among elite steeple chasers with a runner-up performance at the 2011 NCAA and ACC championships. At the Gent Flanders Cup in Belgium, she set a personal best of 9:41.12 which hit the IAAF international A standard for the event and the fifth fastest time in the U.S. this year. In 2010, Garcia finished runner-up at the NACAC U-23 meet and 10th at the USA Outdoor Champs. Garcia qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships during all four seasons at the University of Virginia, and at the 2009 meet, finished ninth. In her freshman season as a Cavalier, she won the USA Junior Championship in the steeple with a time of 10:26.41.
2011: 4th at USA Outdoors (9:51.57)... NCAA Outdoor runner-up (9:47.29)... ACC Outdoor champion (9:55.10)... ACC Indoor runner-up in 3,000m (9:19.44)… 2nd at Gent Flanders Cup (9:41.12PR)
2010: NACAC U-23 runner-up (10:20.50)… 10th at USA Outdoors (10:21.71)
2009: 9th at NCAA Outdoors (10:14.35)… 4th at NCAA East Regional (10:17.23)… ECAC-IC4A champ (10:08.48)… 4th at ACC Outdoors (10:28.38)… 4th at ACC Outdoors in 5,000m (16:39.32)
2008: 5th at NCAA East Regional (10:25.70)… ECAC champ (10:19.74)… 7th at ACC Indoors in 3,000m (9:38.34)… 8th at ACC Indoors in 5,000m (16:59.82)…
2007: USA Junior champion (10:26.41)… 3rd at ECAC Champs (10:33.54)… 4th at ACC Outdoors (10:26.78)… 8th at NCAA East Regional (10:15.83)