PRs: 8:33.06 (2005)
Born: February 24, 1980 in Central Point, Ore
Current Residence: Bend, Ore.
High School: Crater (Central Point, Ore.) HS 98
College: Cornell 02
Club: Team XO
Career Highlights: 5th at USA Outdoors; 2002 NCAA All-American
In March of 2005, King placed ahead of some of America’s best distance runners and a few Olympians with his fifth-place finish at the USA 8 km Championships on New York City’s Randall’s Island. Not bad for a guy who holds down a full-time job as a research chemical engineer at Bend Research. Back when he started running the 1,500, 3,000 and cross-country at Crater High School in Central Point, Ore., near Medford, King says he was an “OK but not a great runner.” As an academic scholarship student at Cornell University in upstate New York, King continued to be a so-so runner until his junior year when he ran an 8:54 steeplechase in a meet. It was a personal record by some 20 seconds and started an upswing in his running. In 2001, he qualified for the USA Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase and also qualified for that year’s cross-country national championships. Burned out on competition, King took a year off from running after graduating from Cornell. The following year, 2004, he jumped into triathlon and adventure racing and was a member of the Bend Research team in the RAID North American Championships event held last summer in Bend. Heading into 2005, King felt the urge to get back into running. “I missed the competitiveness of running,” he says, “and after a couple of good cross-country races in the fall, I began to miss the steeplechase.”
2006: 11th at USA
Outdoors (8:37.92)…3rd at Nashville (8:37.23)…best of 8:37.23.
2005: 5th at USA Outdoors (8:33.06PR)12th at USA Cross Country Champs 4 km (12:04)11th at USA XC 12 km (38:16)5th at USA 8 km Champs (23:07)ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8:33.06.
2004: Concentrated on triathlons and adventure racing.
2003: Did not compete.
2002: 9th at NCAA Outdoors 3,000m (8:43.15)1st at Heptagonalsbest of 8:40.12.
2001: 1st at Heptagonals1st at IC4A7th in heat at NCAA Outdoorsbest of 8:45.84.