Jenny Barringer: Taking a Professional Leap
Jenny Barringer has left the University of Colorado and a highly decorated NCAA running career for the pro life as a New Balance athlete, being coached by Julie Benson.
Currently in residence at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Barringer ran and conquered the 1500M at Stanford this past weekend, running a 4:08.11 in a strong debut.
The win was Barringer's first race since a disappointing finish last November at the 2009 NCAA cross-country championships, where she failed to place despite being heavily favored. Barringer is looking towards a rookie season full of variety, and we should see her race distances ranging from 800 meters all the way up to five kilometers.
Barringer's college career was highlighted by multiple school records for the Buffaloes, as well as an American record in the steeplechase (9:12.50 at the Berlin World Championships) and a ninth place finish in the steeplechase at the 2008 Olympics. This and other overseas experiences have set her apart from the usual collegiate athlete and seasoned her for the professional career ahead of her.
Barringer was also a noteworthy athlete in high school, twice finishing in the top ten at the Foot Locker Nationals after being named a regional cross-country champion. She also appeared twice at the World Cross Country Juniors.
Although Barringer's schedule will surely change as she adjusts to new coaching and her pro lifestyle, look for her racing again soon this season as the first of many more races. Also, look for Barringer to be active in Girls on the Run, a New Balance organization which aims to teach young girls a healthy lifestyle through running.