WICHITA, Kan. – Bainbridge-Guilford graduate, Chris Burnett, earned a spot in the 2016 Olympic Trials in Los Angeles after meeting the qualifying time for the marathon in a recent USA Track and Field-sanctioned event.
Burnett, a senior Exercise Science major a Wichita State, earned his qualifying spot running a half marathon (13.1 miles). The cutoff time, Burnett said, was one hour and five minutes. Burnett finished just under the benchmark timing 1:04.24.
"That was my first-ever half marathon, and before I ran, I didn't expect to qualify," Burnett said. "I kind of knew halfway through the race that I had a chance, and I just tried to push through. I knew exactly the pace I needed."