King earns second All-American honor
From Staff Reports

June 14, 2004 -- AUSTIN - Baylor senior Kyle King, a 1999 graduate of Sulphur Springs, earned his second All-American honor this season when he finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run Saturday at the NCAA national outdoor meet.

King ran the 3.1-mile race in 14 minutes, 18.38 seconds to place fifth overall, and he was the fourth American finisher at Mike Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

He was named All-American by being one of the top eight American finishers in the race, matching the All-American status he earned at the indoor meet.

His finish helped the Bears to seventh place in the team standings with 27 points, the most of any team in the Big 12..

Because of his high finish at the NCAA championships, King will attempt in the next two weeks to get below the Olympic Trials qualifying standard in the 5K.

His father, SSHS assistant principal Chuck King, said Kyle will fly to California either this weekend or next to attempt to get his time below the 13:47.00 mark, which would get him an invitation to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. The top three finishers at the Trials will compose the track team for the Athens Olympics.

King's best time this year is 13:56.83 (indoors) and 13:57.22 (outdoors), both of which are Baylor school records.

He did not expect to better it at the NCAA championships because the heat and humidity of Austin in the summer takes its toll on the distance races. However, at the national meet King finished higher than "eight or nine" runners who have already met the Olympic qualifying standard, his father said, giving his college coach the belief he's peaking.

"Kyle's really finished strong this year, and he's running really well right now," Chuck said. "Baylor's going to fly him out to California - they're looking for the right meet - to see if he can get under that qualifying time."

King was also notified he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

A mathematics major, he earned a 3.59 GPA. In addition, he was named an Academic All-Big 12 performer this season, the second time he achieved that honor.

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