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Driscoll Qualifies for 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials

Dec. 5, 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y. --- Joe Driscoll, a three-time All-American at the University of Portland, qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials by placing 17th at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 5. Driscoll was the third American finisher after covering the 26.2 mile course in a time of 2:18.40 in his marathon debut.

The 2008 Olympic Trials will be run in New York the day before the 2007 New York City Marathon.

Driscoll, who is in his fourth year training with Zap Fitness in North Carolina, left a small group of runners at the 14-mile mark and ran virtually alone for the remainder of the marathon. The performance comes on the heels of his World Road Running Championship race in Debrecen, Hungary, as well as his 59:54 20k in New Haven on Sept. 4, 2006.

"Everyone who has ever run for Portland is excited about Joe," UP cross country coach Rob Connor said. "It takes a great deal of motivation to continue to train after college and even more motivation to excell in the marathon. What he has done is remarkable.

"Not only has he made personal sacrifices to get where he is, he has overcome several serious physical setbacks. I couldn't be happier for him or more proud of him. It will be really exciting watching him at the Olympic Trials."

The Bremerton, Wash. native qualified for the 10,000m at the U.S.Track & Field Outdoor Championships in 2005 and 2006, finished in the top 10 at the 2005 U.S. Cross Country Championships (12k) and recently made the World Road Championship Team 20k.