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Izzo achieves facing best of U.S.

( Aaron Skinner)

Arkansas' Katie Izzo runs the 3,000 meters during the SEC Indoor Championships on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — A running career that has been filled with substantial peaks and a deep valley will reach a milestone for 5,000-meter runner Katie Izzo of the University of Arkansas.

Izzo will run in the 5,000 at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday in Eugene, Ore., five-and-a-half years after breaking her tibia and fibula at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships.

Izzo transferred from Cal Poly to Arkansas, rehabbed through five consecutive cross country and track and field seasons with a 12-inch titanium rod in her leg, then helped lead the Razorbacks to consecutive NCAA championships in cross country and indoors.