Events: Middle Distance
PRs: 1500m 4:06.13(2004); Mile 4:29.2 (2005); 3000m 8:52.67 (2002); 5000m - 15:04.07 (2004)
Born: January 18, 1977 in Dawson, Minn.
Current Residence: St. Paul, Minn.
High Schools: Dawson Boyd HS (Minn.) 95;
LacQuiPrleVly HS (Minn.) '92
College: Villanova '99
Coach: Dennis Barker
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic Trials 1500m champion; 2004 U.S. Indoors 3000m runner-up; 2nd at 2002 USATF Winter Cross Country 4k Champs; 5-time NCAA Champion; 1995 USA Juniors 1500m runner-up
Tollefson is returning to competition after having surgery in April 2007 to repair pelvic muscle injuries that have bothered her for several years…Tollefson won the women's 3,000 meters, sprinting to the win in 9:05.88 at the 2006 AT&T USA Indoor Track and Field Championships...She gained confidence, experience and newfound leg speed in 2004. First, she placed 6th in the 5,000m at the Olympic Trials. She then tried her hand at the 1,500m and was a somewhat surprise winner. She ensured her Olympic berth when her 4:06.30 at Heusden met the Olympic B standard…the five-time NCAA champion made strides in 2002 with a 3rd place finish at the 2002 USA Indoor Championships (9:01.49), a second-place finish at the 2002 U.S. Winter Cross Country 4 km Championships (13:01.0) and a third-place finish at USA Outdoors in the 5,000m for her best season as a professional…her XC performance qualified her to compete at the World Cross Country Championships…the 1999 NCAA Athlete of the Year, Tollefson set a national high school record with five individual titles in cross country along with a state record of 13 individual state track titles. The Minnesota native recently signed on to training at the newly created Team USA Minnesota Training Center a program started in cooperation with USA Track & Field and Running USA…moved back to the Twin Cities area in May of 2001… has a degree in Communications...married to Charles Peterson…Graced the covers of Running Times and Runners World in January 2007.
2008: 16th at Olympic Trials semi-finals in 1,500m (4:17.27)
2007: did not compete
2006: USA Indoor 3,000m champion (9:05.80)...4th in 1,500m and 5,000m at USA Outdoors (4:12.23, 15:23.49)…USA XC 4 km champion (12:32)...7th in 3,000m at World Indoors (8:59.13i)...2nd in 1,500m at Reebok GP (4:06.40)...7th in heat 2 of the 3,000m at the London GP (8:44.63)...16th in 5,000m at Rome (15:21.75)... 4th in 3,000m at Boston Indoor Games (9:01.80)...4th in mile at Tyson Invite (4:32.08i)...ranked #5 at 5,000m in the U.S. by T&FN…bests of 4:06.40 (1,500m), 8:59.13i (3,000m) and 15:21.75 (5,000m).
2005: 9th in 1,500m at Payton Jordan U.S. Open ( 4:11.16)...4th in Fifth Avenue mile (4:29.2)
2004: Olympic Trials 1,500m champion (4:08.32) and 6th in 5,000m (15:25.55)...won at Heusden to achieve Olympic B standard with 4:06.30, earning Olympic spot...9th in semi finals at Olympic Games (4:08.55)...10th in 1,500m at Zurich (4:06.13PR)...3rd in 5,000m at Cardinal Invitational (15:04.07PR)...USA XC Championships 4 km runner-up (12:28)...USA Indoors 3,000m runner-up (9:00.93i)...1st in the mile at Minneapolis (4:37.38i)...2nd in 1,500m at adidas Boston Indoor Games (4:12.00i)...2nd in 3,000m at Tyson Foods Invitational (8:55.36i)...1st at Drake Relays (4:11.69)...ranked #1 in the U.S. by T&FN.
2003: 11th at adidas Oregon Track Classic Outdoors 5,000m (15:27).
2002: 2nd at 2002 U.S. Winter XC 4k Champs (13:01.0)...11th at World XC Champs (14:05)...3rd at USA Indoors 3000m (9:01.49)...3rd at USA Outdoors 5 km (15:21.37)...4th at Sheffield (8:52.67)...3rd at Zagreb (4:08.21)...ranked #3 at 5,000m, #5 at 3,000m, #6 at 1,500m in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 4:08.21PR, 8:52.67PR, 15:21.37PR.
2001: 2nd at Princeton Invitational Mile (4:33.15)...6th at USA Indoors 3000m (9:13.72)...13th at USA Outdoors 5000m (16:02.04)...11th at U.S. Winter XC 4k Champs (13:15.9)...bests of 4:13.61 (1500m), 4:33.15 (mile), 8:57.61 (3000m) and 15:25.52 (5000m).
2000: Won NCAA Indoors 3000m 3rd at NCAA Outdoors 3000m 15th at U.S. Olympic Trials 5000m (16:02.28)Won ECAC and Big East 3000m bests of 4:16.5 (1500m), 9:08.20 (3000m) and 4:41.02i (mile).
1999: Won NCAA Outdoors 3000m and 5000m won NCAA Indoors 3000m won Big East 3000m bests of 4:19.84 (1500m), 9:17.86 (3000m) and 4:46.05i (mile).
1998: did not compete
1997: Won NCAA Cross Country Champs; 6th at NCAA Outdoors 1500m won ECAC 1500m 2nd at Big East 1500m 3rd at Big East 3000m bests of 4:17.53 (1500m), 9:22.14 (3000m), 2:47.03i (1000m) and 4:42.16i (mile).
1996: 10th in qualifying heat at NCAA Outdoors 1500m 9th at ECAC 1500m 3rd at Big East 1500m 6th at Big East 3000m bests of 4:21.81 (1500m) and 9:30.70 (3000m).
1995: Runner-up USA Juniors 1500m 4th at Junior Pan Ams 1500m bests of 4:28.17 (1500m), 9:52.61 (3000m), 4:53.00 (1600m).
1994: 4th at USA Juniors 1500m 18th USA Juniors 3000m bests of 4:28.77 (1500m), 10:28.75 (3000m), 4:59.5 (1600m).
1993: Best of 10:57.39 (3200m) and 4:56.18 (mile).
1992: Bests of 10:47.86 (2 miles) and 5:00.24 (mile).
1991: Best of 10:41 (3,200m) & 10:45.11 (2 miles).