King emerges as a Top 100 runner

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Aug. 18, 2007 - Seven years removed from Sulphur Springs High School, Kyle King has emerged as a Top 100 runner in the world, according to IAAF World Rankings.

King is rated No. 58 in the world in the combined distance events, as compiled by the International Association of Athletics Federation. He is the ninth-ranked American on the list.

The distance events include the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and cross country.

King, who is now affiliated with ZAP Fitness, recently finished 11th in 5,000 meters at the U.S. National Outdoor Track and Field Meet. This season, he met the Olympic Trials "B" Qualifying Standard and is less than a half-second away from the "A" Standard with his best time of 13 minutes, 34.44 seconds in the 5K.

He will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials next July in the hopes of finishing in the top three and qualifying for the Bejing Olympics.

He has also clocked a 7:55.57 in the 3,000 meters and a 30:52 in the 10,000-meter cross country race. His best time in the 1,500 meters is 3:42.28, which is the equivalent of a sub-4 minute mile.

King graduated from the SSHS in 2000, having qualified for state multiple times in both track and field and cross country. He went on to become a two-time All-American runner at Baylor University before joining ZAP Fitness after his collegiate graduation.

The son of Chuck and Lynette King, Kyle recently returned from his European racing circuit.

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