King gets one final chance to make U.S. Olympic team

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

July 3, 2008 - Kyle King will toe the starting line in the 1,500-meter run tonight in his final quest to make the U.S. Olympic track and field team.

King will be running in the quarterfinals of the 1,500 at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at 10:25 p.m. (central time) at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. The quarterfinal heats tonight will be shown live on the USA network.

King will be in the second of three heats with 10 runners in each heat. The top six in each heat plus the next six best times advance to the semifinals at 10:05 p.m. Friday. The 1,500 final is the concluding event of the Trials, set for 7:50 p.m. (central time) Sunday. The top three in the event will qualify to represent the United States in the Beijing Olympics beginning Aug. 8.

King goes into the race with the 21st-best time in the nation (3 minutes, 40.66 seconds).

He is coming off two grueling races in the 5,000-meter semfinals on Friday and the finals on Monday, in which he placed 11th.

A 1999 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School, King is the first SSHS grad to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

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