Former CU-Colorado Springs is Olympic alternate

By Lewis Hoffman published February 12, 2004

Not many athletes have the chance to be Olympians. Trent Briney, a distance runner and four-time All American for the Mountain Lions may be one of the lucky few.

Briney graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2001.

Briney, now a resident of Michigan, completed his second marathon in two hours, 12 minutes, which was an eight-minute improvement from his first marathon. The even bigger news is that Briney ran the race of a lifetime when it counted most, at the United States Olympic Trials.

Finishing fourth in the race, Briney took home $15,000 and received several endorsement offers. More importantly though, if one of the race's top three finishers is injured or decides to represent the U.S. in the 10-kilometer race, Briney will be heading for Athens to compete in the Olympics as a member of the men's marathon team.

"We are real excited for him," said Graeme Badger, who coached Briney when he was running for the Mountain Lions. "He has come a long way and everyone is real proud of him."

Briney could not be reached in time for press, but a full story will be featured in next week's Scribe.

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