Robert Scribner, the former Tupelo and Mississippi State distance running standout, said he was forced to drop out of Sunday’s Chicago Marathon after the 24-mile mark with quad pain.
“I didn’t want to do any more damage,” Scribner said Tuesday. “I was seriously hurting at that point.”
Scribner was aiming for a finish of two hours, 19 minutes or better to qualify for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Trials. He was running near that pace before his quad acted up.
Last year, he finished 28th overall in his first attempt at the distance.
“I’m positive my fitness was good enough,” said Scribner. He will try again to qualify for the Olympic Trials, either through a half-marathon (1:05 or better) or at the Boston Marathon in the spring.
Six runners from the area were able to finish: Joseph McMillin (New Albany, 3:28:46), Joel Duff (New Albany, 3:32:43), Chad Medders (Oxford, 3:36:33), Roger McMillin (New Albany, 4:12:30), Garrett Leflueur (Starkville, 5:08:51) and Leonel Mejia (5:58:38).
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