King running in national championships

From Staff Reports

June 22, 2007 - Former Sulphur Springs track record-holder Kyle King will be vying for another top 10 finish at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships today.

King, who has been running for ZAP Fitness since his All-American collegiate career at Baylor University, will be competing in the 5,000-meter run at 7:35 p.m. today at the national championship meet in Indianapolis. Last year, he finished ninth out of 25 runners who qualified for the race.

This year, he has ran a personal-best time of 13 minutes, 33.44 seconds in the 3.1-mile event. That is good enough to have qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Trials in July 2008 under the "B" Standard. He is less than a half-second away from the "A" qualifying standard.

King goes into today's race with the 17th-fastest time in the 21-person field, though his qualifying time this year is seven seconds faster than last season.

The meet is being televised on ESPN2 and NBC, though whether the 5,000-meter race will be broadcast live is not clear. The meet is set to be aired on ESPN2 from 7-8 p.m. today, so the 5K will be ran in that time slot. The TV airings, which will include delayed results of some previous events, will continue at 1 p.m. Saturday on NBC, 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2 and noon Sunday on NBC.

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