Kyle King getting closer to U.S. Olympic Trials "A" Standard
From Staff Reports
May 31, 2007 - Kyle King again dropped his personal best time in the 5,000-meter run last weekend, and is less than a half-second from the "A" Standard for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
King ran a time of 13 minutes, 33.44 seconds on Saturday at the NIke Road to Eugene '08 meet held at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon. It is the same track in which next year's Olympic Trials will be held.
King finished fifth in the race, less than a second out of second place in a tightly-bunched field. His time was about four seconds faster than his previous best.
It is also just 44/hundredths of a second off of the "A" Qualifying Standard for Olympic Trials. King has already qualified for the Trials under the "B" Standard and is virtually assured of competing there regardless of whether he betters his time between now and 2008, when the qualifying window closes.
The way the Trials work, everyone who qualifies under the "A" Standard is automatically invited. The rest of the 24-member field comes from those who meet the "B" Standard. Because historically only about half of the field will fall under the "A" line, King is a shoo-in to get a Trials invitation.
The top three finishers at the Olympic Trials will represent the USA at the Bejing Olympics.
The way King is running, he will likely get under the "A" Standard of 13:33.00 imminently.
The SSHS record holder in the 3,200-meter run, King went on to Baylor University, where he was an All-American in both track and cross country. He is currently running for ZAP Fitness, a training facility based in North Carolina. The time he ran on Saturday is a ZAP record for the 5K.