Chandler Carreon will be among the runners to run in the U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials on February 29 in Atlanta.
Chandler hated running until Frontier Middle school where Coach Eldridge talked her into trying out for the Frontier cross country team. Chandler did well and continued running track and cross country for four years at Holt High School under Coach Arnold, Coach Jurotich, and Coach Kinnary. Chandler also competed with the St. Louis Lightning Track Club under Coach Levine. She was offered the opportunity to run for the University of Missouri-Kansas City while majoring in nursing. She ran four years at UMKC. She was part of the UMKC Western Athletic Conference 2017 Championship Track and Field Team and was the WAC 10k champion in that meet. More important than being a champion was making the WAC All Academic Team for all four years!
After graduation from UMKC with a BSN, Chandler now works at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. It is difficult to work nights and still train for a marathon. Her UMKC coach, Brett Guemmer, still works with Chandler through the Kansas City Track Club. She was thrilled to meet the Official Qualifying Time for the Olympic Team Trials at the California International Marathon in December. It was extra special because her UMKC teammate, fellow nursing student and Fort Zumwalt West alum, Sarah Fogarty, also qualified. Even though the Olympic Trials will accept only the top 3 women to the U.S. Olympic Team and there are just over 500 qualifiers, it is a great accomplishment and honor to be a part of the event. Go Chandler!