A Brief Chat with Anna Pierce
By Peter Gambaccini, Running Times
Anna Pierce of the Mammoth Track Club will run the Mile at the U.S. Open Track & Field at Madison Square Garden in New York on January 28 and a 1000-meter race at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on February 4. Pierce missed most major competitions in 2011, for reasons she describes in the Chat below. In 2009, she ranked second in the world in the 800 with victories in New York, Paris, Brussels, and the World Athletics Final and #6 in the 1500; she was sixth in the World Championships in the 1500 in Berlin. In 2010, she was fourth in the 800 at the World Indoor Championships in Qatar and won the 1500 at the outdoor USATF Championships. She'd won the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2007 NCAA Championships and 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and was tenth in the 2008 Olympics, and her best time for the event is 9:22.76. Her 800 best is 1:58.80 and her fastest 1500 is 3:59.38. Pierce, now 27, is originally from Maine. She emerged as a national star at the University of Michigan after having earlier competed for Brown University. She is coached by Terrence Mahon and is married to teammate Jon Pierce.
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