By HAYDEN HARRISON
Cronkite News Service
LONDON Amy Hastings is prepared to thank all her supporters with her performance in the 10,000-meter Olympic race Friday.
Something that really helps me is being able to just have people back me, said Hastings, an Arizona State University alumna and Mammoth Lakes, Calif., resident who grew up in Kansas. It makes me not only accountable but it makes me want to make them proud. I think thats a big thing, putting it all out there for Kansas, Arizona State, California and everything, all the people who have helped me. This is how I show them thank you.
With a significant group of Olympians who attended ASU, Hastings feels right at home.
Since she left ASU, her achievements have become legendary. She now is hailed as perhaps the most successful cross-country athlete in ASU history. She was the first Sun Devil to win the Pac-10 cross country championship and holds the school record in the indoor 5,000-meter run.
I feel lucky I got to go throu...