||Amanda had the distinction of being a NCW Sports Awards prep finalist while competing at two different schools - Ephrata High School, as a frosh, before transferring to Eastmont High School. As a runner for Ephrata, she won the state 2A 800 in a time of 2:17.11 to set the Washington record for that classification. Moving up to the 3A classification after transferring to Eastmont, Amanda won the state cross-country championship as well as the 800 track title in 2:12.95 and the 1600 in 5:01.56. As a junior, Eastmont moved up to 4A, and she again won the state championship in the 800 and finished second in the 1600, and placed fourth in the 800 the following year despite running a 2:12.77.
At the University of Washington, Amanda competed in both cross-country and track. As a frosh, she set the UW indoor 800 record at 2:06.76. Her junior year, Amanda was 5th at the NCAA regionals to qualify for the NCAA championships in the 1500. The next year, she was a NCAA all-American during the indoor season, finishing 5th at the NCAA championships after running a 4:41.56 mile. During the outdoor season, Amanda finished 11th at the NCAA championships in the 1500 and ran a 4:19.41. The following fall, she earned NCAA all-American status in cross-country.
Amanda gained eight berths as a NCW Sports Awards athlete finalist - four while competing in high school and four as a collegian. She was a Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year three times - once in high school (2002) and twice in college (2005 & 08).