Carrie chats with 2020 Olympian Heather MacLean! They talk about her races at the trials, being away from her family who couldn’t attend the Trials, struggling with feeling like she belongs, being grateful, not being afraid to ask for support, and so much more!
Recorded June 28, 2021
Photo by Jason Suarez
Courtesy of Bring Back the Mile
Rising U.S. star Heather MacLean, on a warm evening at Hayward Field, finished third at the U.S. Olympic Trials 1500 meters, running a 3-plus second personal record of 4:02.09 to qualify for her first Olympic team (Tokyo).
MacLean won the Blankenship Women’s Mile in 4:27.54 at the 2021 American Track League meet #2 and also the 1500 meters in 4:06.32 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
At the 2020 NYRR Wanamaker Mile, she finished 6th, clocking a personal record of 4:25.98 (#15 U.S. woman all-time indoors).
In 2019, MacLean was 7th at the USA Outdoor Championships 1500m, setting a personal record of 4:05.27.
In college at U-Mass, she earned 2017 All-American cross country honors (the school’s first woman to do so), established records for 800 meters, 1000m, 1500m & Mile and also qualified for the NCAA Championships in track and cross country.
At Peabody Veteran Memorial High School, MacLean was a member of the All-State Champion cross country team and also set school records at 400, 600 and 800 meters as well as numerous relays.