2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men's Marathon
February 7, 2004
Alan Culpepper, Meb Keflezighi and Dan Browne qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team by finishing 1-2-3 Saturday at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Mens Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama. The Trials were presented by USA Track & Field, the Alabama Sports Foundation and Birmingham Marathon, Inc.
Culpepper (Lafayette, Colo.), Keflezighi (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Browne (Portland, Ore.) all passed then leader Brian Sell (Rochester Hills, Mich.) in the 21st mile. Culpepper held a small lead for the next two miles over Keflezighi before winning the race in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 42 seconds, a five-second winning margin over Keflezighi. Browne finished in third place in 2:12:02, with Trent Briney setting a personal best by 8 minutes, 35 seconds, with his fourth place finish in 2:12:35. Culpeppers performance is the second fastest Trials winning time ever, second only to Tony Sandovals Trials record of 2:10:19 in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 24, 1980.