The US Olympic Marathon trials were held this past weekend in Houston, TX, yielding what USATF called “the fastest US marathon races in trials history“. Five lucky Ivy Leaguers finished, with Cornell’s Max King being the highest finisher in 19th place. King, who prefers the half marathon technical trail races, had this to say about his race to HepsTrack:
The race could have gone better but I gave it what I had in me on Sat. We kept a fast early pace that I wasn’t sure we could hold and, in the end, it didn’t work out for anyone in the second group. But it’s the Olympic trials so you go for top three and throw any conservative approach out the window. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you fail. I ended up with a PR [2:14.36] even if I didn’t run as well as I was hoping. It was bittersweet that way.
According to Southern Oregon’s Mail Tribune, King is now setting his sights on making the Track and Field trials in the steeplechase.
Update: We received word that Columbia grads Loretta Kilmer and Caroline (Bierbaum) LeFrak also ran, finishing in 2:36:41 (20th) and 2:38:14 (32nd), respectively. Congratulations!
Update #2: Other finishers inlude former 10K Heps champion from Dartmouth Kristin Barry (83rd – 2:45:43) and current Princeton assistant coach Lisa Baumert (183rd – 2:55:00). Congratulations!
As always, if there any any other Ivy League finishers that HepsTrack did not originally notice, please let us know so we can add them to the article.