June 7, 2013
Within the last year, senior Georganne Moline has participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics, recorded the No. 2 collegiate time in the country (54.54) and has most recently competed in the Prefontaine Classic, the first Diamond League meet of her career.
It was just a year ago that Moline was preparing for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. However, it was in the semifinals that she fell and was unable to advance to Finals. This year, Moline finds herself in the same preparation as a year ago but with much more experience and confidence in her abilities. With NCAA championships running June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore., Moline is ready to redeem herself at Nationals.
"It's kind of like redemption," Moline said. "That's definitely something I'm looking for but at the same time I'm looking towards getting a win. That was always the goal, even last year. I realize things happen and I've definitely learned and have grown from it. It's a whole new year so it's totally different."
Again, Moline will face her rival, Stanford's Kori Carter.
"It's really exciting to run against her because she always pushes me to run my best races," Moline said. "Why wouldn't you want that? Claiming the title would mean so much more after such great competition. This is such a rivalry, so having a title with what's been going on this year would mean so much more to me. I'm striving to be in the top two whether or not Kori is in the same heat as me."
Moline reached her goal June 5 with a second-place finish with a time of 54.89 to automatically qualify for the 400-meter hurdles finals. She is the first female hurdler to do so since 1996. Moline will run in the finals for the first time in her career June 7.
Moline has come a long way since she first began her career at Arizona. She contributes much of her success to her coach and her mental strength.
"I give a lot of credit to Coach Harvey and my teamwork to mentally prepare myself," Moline said. "The biggest thing was getting mentally stronger and training my mind like I train my body. It's also about being patient. I've overcome so many obstacles with getting hurt that all you can do is be patient and work hard. Keep your focus on what you want. I know what I want. I want to be great. "
Her ability to remain mentally strong has allowed her to showcase her talent this last year with many prestigious competitions.
Most recently, Moline represented the women's track team at the Prefontaine Classic meet in Euguene, Ore., a track she is quite comfortable with. Moline came away with a runner-up finish, beating both the gold and silver Olympic medalists. Her experience was amongst other emotions - calm.
"It was exciting and nerve wracking," Moline said. "I felt like I had nothing to lose because there were all these Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalists so for me it was like the Olympics all over again. It was exciting because even though it was nerve wracking, it took so much pressure off of me. It was more like the pressure was on them and I had everything to gain. If I took first or like how I took second, I can only gain from that. If anything, it was much more relaxing."
Moline also represented the USA in the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 400-meter hurdlers. She took a fifth-place overall finish.
"Going to the Olympics has been life changing for me," Moline said. "It has made me have much more passion in what I do. It makes me strive to just be the best. I've been at the top. The Olympics is the highest you can go. For me, every day is just a step closer to my goal. This year it's the world championships, but in three more years it's the Olympics. It has definitely changed my life."
As Moline's final season as a Wildcat comes to an end, her professional career will begin. Moline will leave the program as one of the most successful female hurdlers, but will continue to strive for her highest expectations.
"I never saw myself as that girl or being one of the best in the world, not just the country," Moline said. "Going to the Olympics proved that all of my hard work paid off. It really did change my life. It catapulted me into what is about to happen with my professional career."