As mentioned in a comment to the sports update, Michelle Rorke ran 2:49:52 in today’s New York City marathon, placing 24th among all women and 15th among Americans. Rorke’s time is not a personal best; she ran 2:43:08 in the 2006 Boston Marathon. That’s good, because the Olympic Trials qualifying time is 2:47; this performance wouldn’t have gotten her in.

Michelle is not the only Eph to be on the Olympic marathon scene; she is joined by Caroline Cretti ’06 and Marzuki Stevens ’96.

Caroline Cretti ran 2:43:11 in the Twin Cities Marathon last weekend, qualifying her for the Olympic Trials marathon. Cretti is running as a full-time job now. She also made the Olympic qualifying standard for the 10,000 meters, running just under 34 minutes, allowing her to compete at the Track and Field trials at the end of June.

Marzuki Stevens qualified with a 2:20:11 (the men’s standard was 2:22) in the 2006 Boston Marathon; he ran the men’s Olympic Trials marathon yesterday in New York City, placing 70th with a time of 2:25:18. The top three make the Olympic team; sadly, Marzuki was not among them.

The women’s marathon trials will be held in April, the day before the Boston Marathon, on the legendary Boston Marathon course. Rorke’s and Cretti’s 2:43 performances will be tested against the likes of Deena Kastor (bronze medalist in Athens). As Kastor’s qualifying time was 2:19:36 (an American record), Michelle and Caroline will face steep odds.

A list of all the women’s qualifiers so far is here; Rorke is ranked 48 and Cretti 49 out of 135 qualifiers so far. I hope to attend the race, and since David Kane lives near the course, perhaps we can get an Eph contingent in Boston in April to cheer them on!

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