Former LCSC runner shoots for U.S. Olympic
Trials in marathon
State College cross country runner Tausha Patterson (nee
Kuzmic) will make her opening debut at the Twin Cities
Marathon in Minneapolis on Sept. 30 in her efforts to
qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008.
Patterson was a three
time All-American at Lewis-Clark State, including twice in
cross country and once in track when she won the marathon
race at the NAIA national meet in 2005.
"We are being somewhat
optimistic at this point in regards to this race," LCSC
cross country coach Mike Collins said. "A lot has changed
for Tausha in the past year which includes moving to Tampa,
getting married and most recently, being involved in a
head-on collision. All of which have affected her
training. We are going into this race with the mindset of
just getting our feet wet, see where our conditioning is at
and going on from there.
"We anticipate our
first real opportunity to make the automatic or provisional
time will be next February. We have not decided on a race
yet, but are leaning towards racing in Austin, Texas. A
race that has pacers for each of the qualifying times.
"Right now it is
exciting just to think we have a shot at making the trials,
anything beyond that is not a part of our mindset right
now. As her coach, it is exciting to see her taking these
steps and will be doubly-so to think of her wearing a
Lewis-Clark State jersey in the Olympic trials."