Former Boilermakers Compete At Olympic Trials

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Jan. 17, 2012

HOUSTON - This past weekend, Purdue University was represented very well at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. Purdue alums and record holders Donnie Fellows and Laura Farley each competed in the final Olympic Trial Marathon, after qualifying for the final trial earlier in the year.

With a time of 2:17:30, Washington native Fellows finished in 38th place out of 82 runners in the men's race. Fellows ran for Purdue cross country and track and field from 1998 to 2002. In 2001, Fellows was named a cross country All-American, and currently holds the Purdue and Big Ten record for the 10-kilometer run.

In the women's trials, Indiana native Farley took 48th place out of 152 runners, finishing with a time of 2:41:05. Farley, a cross country and distance runner, was a member of the Purdue teams from 2003-07. During her time at Purdue, she set the school record for the distance medley relay with a time of 11:38.49.

Though only the top three finishers in the Olympic Trials made it on to the Olympic team, it was still a great accomplishment for both Fellows and Farley on the toughest stage. The top finishers for the men were Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman. On the women's side, Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila and Kara Goucher took the top three spots. These six will represent the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.