King gets under ‘A’ standard for Trials; could run 2 events

From Staff Reports

April 24, 2008 - Sulphur Springs distance runner Kyle King will definitely be running at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in late June, and could be competing in more than one event.

In the last two weeks, King has clocked times that fall under the "A" qualifying standard in the 5,000-meter run and under the "B" standard in the 1,500.

Getting in under the "A" standard means an automatic invitation to the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held June 27-July 6 at Eugene, Ore. Running under the "B" standard means a runner gets invited to the Trials if there are not enough "A" runners to make a complete 24-person field.

The top three runners at the Trials who are under the "A" standard qualify for the Bejing Olympics in August.

King had already ran under the "B" standard in the 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) before he set a personal record with a time of 13 minutes, 32.74 seconds at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Cal., on April 17. That put him under the "A" qualifying standard of 13:33.00, and assured him of a Trials invitation.

Just five days earlier at the Sun Angel Invitational at Arizona State University, King ran the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:41.86 - which equates to a sub-4-minute mile - to get under the "B" standard in that race.

It would be possible for King to run in both events at the Trials, through it would mean possibly five very tough races in a matter of nine days, because the 5,000-meter semifinal is on Friday, June 27 and the final is on Monday, June 30. The 1,500-meter quarterfinal is Thursday, July 3, with the semifinal the next day and the final on Sunday, July 6.

King, a 1999 graduate of SSHS, was an All-American track and cross country athlete at Baylor University. He now runs for ZAP Fitness, based in North Carolina.

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