Residence: Flagstaff, AZ
Hometown: Watsonville, CA
Age on race day: 27

Best Qualifying Performance: 2:10:36, Houston, 2010
PRs: Half-Marathon, 1:02:09 (2009); Marathon, 2:10:36 (2010)
Olympic Trials Marathon History: Debut

Career Highlights:

7th – 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon (2:10:36 PR and debut)
2009 USA 20K Champion
2nd – 2010 USA 25K Championships
3rd – 2011 USA 10 Mile Championships
3rd – 2009 USA Half Marathon Championships (1:02:09 PR)

Additional Highlights:


6th – Chevron Houston Marathon (2:19:30)
10th – Falmouth Road Race
5th – USA 20K Championships
3rd – USA 10 Mile Championships
12th – NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K
6th – USATF Cross Country Club National Championships


15th – Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational 10,000m
2nd – USA 25K Championships
7th – USA 20K Championships
9th – ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:02:50)


3rd – USA Half Marathon Championships (1:02:09)
7th – USA Cross Country Championships
75th – IAAF World Cross Country Championships
USA 20K Champion
64th – IAAF World Half Marathon Championships (1:05:43)

Of Note:

Gotcher’s 2:10:36 PR was set at the 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon, good for 7th overall and the fourth-fastest American debut in history … A hip problem ended plans to run the 2011 Boston Marathon, so the Trials will be Gotcher’s third marathon … Competed for Stanford, but has blossomed since joining Team USA Arizona / McMillan Elite in Flagstaff, where Nick Arciniaga is a training partner … Misses the strawberries for which his hometown is known … Still loves to surf when he gets back home.