Patrignelli disappointed but not crushed by Trials setback

Monroe-Woodbury graduate Megan Patrignelli wrote to her Facebook followers on Tuesday following her 26th-place finish in the women’s steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She was disappointed but heartened by the support she has received.

“Yesterday was a tough one. I was prepared for it to be hard, but not expecting to be on the pain train right from the gun. I’m of course very grateful for the whole experience, especially when I consider where I was at just a few months ago, but I can’t lie and say that I’m not extremely disappointed. I believed 100%, and I was ready. It just wasn’t there yesterday, for whatever reason- not exactly sure why yet. But these kinds of moments are the ones that remind you how much passion is there & how much you truly care about something. These are the moments that motivate you to keep going, to work harder, to get up and try again. My heart hurts now, and it probably will for a little while. But every experience, good or bad, plays some important part in the whole journey. I have experienced the most AMAZING support from so many people who have never given up on me, especially in these past few weeks. I just want you all to know that I appreciate every single one of you, and I am not giving up either! I really thought this was my day, but it clearly wasn’t. Just means I’ve gotta find a new day to make mine. On the bright side, I can now spend some time with my family and fully utilize my cheering skills for my awesome TRE teammates in the steeple finals and 1500m prelims!”

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