King finishes 11th in 5,000 meters; 1,500 up next

From Staff Reports

July 1, 2008 - Kyle King hung with the lead pack for nine laps of the 12-lap 5,000-meter final race at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Monday night, but the lead pack pulled away over the final three laps.

King, the only SSHS graduate to ever qualify for the Olympic Trials, finished 11th in the 3.1-mile race in a time of 13 minutes, 51.03 seconds at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

Bernard Lagat won the race in 13:27.47, and he will be joined at the Beijing Olympics by the next two finishers, Matt Tegenkamp and Ian Dobson.

King went into the race with the 13th-best time, so he improved on his seeding in the 16-person race. He was somewhere between eighth and 11th during most of the race, and the lead group of about 12 runners was tightly bunched until a pack of five runners starting pulling away with three laps remaining.

King had received intravenous fluids on Friday night for dehydration after a very demanding semifinal race in which he finished sixth to qualify for the finals.

He is scheduled now to run in the 1,500-meter quarterfinals at 8:25 p.m. Thursday. He qualified for that race with the 23rd-fastest time in the nation. If King makes it out of the quarterfinals, he would run in the semifinals on Friday with the 1,500-meter final set as the concluding event of the Trials at 5:50 p.m. Sunday.

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