Cross Country: UCCS Alum Qualifies to Run at Olympic Trials

By Michelle Freddolino published October 9, 2007

Megan Lund, former UCCS cross country and track athlete, ran her in her first marathon on Saturday and qualified for the Olympic Trials.

Racing against runners from all over the United States and nine foreign countries, Lund finished second out of 2,228 women at the St. George Marathon in St. George, Utah. Lund was also the youngest runner in the women's Top 20.

The St. George Marathon is a point-to-point race that is certified & sanctioned by USA Track & Field. It is listed in Runner's World as the "Fastest Fall Marathon" and included as one of Runner's World "10 Most Scenic Marathons" and "Top 20 Marathons" in the USA.

Lund set a personal best with a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes, qualifying under the Olympic B Standard of 2:47 for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, Lund is one of 127 women that have qualified for the Trials.

To enter the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon, women must first qualify. The event's "A" standard is 2:39:00, while the "B" standards are 2:47:00 in the marathon or 33:00.00 in the 10,000 meters. The qualifying standards must be met from January 1, 2006 through March 23, 2008 or at the 2005 USA Marathon Championships (October 2, 2005). Of the 127 women who have qualified for the Trials, only 16 having met the "A" standard.

While at UCCS, Lund finished 31st at the NCAA Division II North Central Regional in Hayes, Kansas on November 5, 2005.

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