Moving On Up: King's latest ranking puts him at No. 38 in the world, No. 4 among U.S. runners

From Staff Reports

May 29, 2008 - Distance runner Kyle King is moving up the track and field rankings, having broken into the top 40 in the world and the top four in the United States.

King, a 1999 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School, is ranked No. 38 in the world and No. 4 among American 5,000-meter runners. The rankings are conducted by Elite Limited and are the successors of the former IAAF World Rankings.

Kingmoved up from No. 47 at the last ranking. Among American distance runners, he trails Bernard Lagat (No. 6), Matt Tegenkamp (No. 12) and Chris Solinsky (No. 26).

King has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 5,000 meters and has a provisional qualifying mark in the 1,500 meters. In the 5K, he has the 17th-best qualifying mark of 13 minutes, 32.74 seconds, which he ran April 17 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. The discrepancy between his qualifying mark and his U.S. ranking is that he has ran consistently well all season, which is what the ranking is based on.

In the 1,500, King ran a time of 3:41.86 at the Sun Angel Invitational at Arizona State University on April 12. That time puts him about two seconds off the "A" Standard for the Trials. If there are not enough runners who have met the "A" Standard to complete a 24-person field, then provisional runners will be added to get to 24.

The U.S. Olympic Trials are set for June 27-July 6 in Eugene, Ore. The top three in each event qualify for the Bejing Olympics in August.

Because of the staggered schedule of events, King can run both the 5,000 and the 1,500 at the Olympic Trials, but it could require five extremely tough races in nine days.

King now runs for ZAP Fitness, based in North Carolina. He was an All-American runner in track and cross country at Baylor University.

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