By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal
Tupelo’s Robert Scribner was pleased with his effort in Saturday’s U.S. Olympic Marathon time trials in Houston, Texas.
“I finally have what I consider a solid time next to my name,” said Scribner, 25, who finished 42nd in 2:18:18. “Maybe that time doesn’t reflect my overall level of fitness going into the race, but it’s a personal best by almost four minutes.”
In his first attempt at the distance, at the 2009 Chicago Marathon, the former THS and Mississippi State runner finished 22nd overall in 2:22:00. He tackled the Chicago race again in 2010 but had to drop out after 24 miles with quad pain.
“My plan for Saturday’s race was a little ambitious,” Scribner said Monday. “I ran about a 1:07:50 at the halfway mark and then faded quite a bit. Still, I thought the race was pretty encouraging.”
Scribner qualified for the trials with a half-marathon time of 1:04:50 last summer in Michigan, where he trains as a member of the professional Hansons -Brooks team.
“The trials is pretty much the deepest race in distance running,” Scribner said. “If you want to see where you stand among Americans, it’s the place to be.”
The 2004 Olympic silver medalist, Meb Keflezighi, 36, won the trials race in 2:09:08. The top three finishers advance to the 2012 London Olympics.
One of Scribner’s teammates, Desiree Davila, finished second in the women’s race. “That’s pretty big for our team,” Scribner said.
Scribner said he was realistic about his potential – “I don’t know if I have the talent to go up there and run 2:09.”- but would be eager to run the 2016 trials.
“If I can stay healthy for four years, I’d love to give it another shot,” he said.