Lincoln's Bridget Easley Finishes Strong at U.S. Olympic Trials

By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

Running 100 miles a week helped Lincoln's Bridget Easley earn a shot at making the United States Olympic Marathon Team.

After a strong showing at Sacramento's International Marathon it was off to Houston this weekend for a shot at making the US Olympic Marathon team.

"That was the race I was geared up for," said Easley.

She finished that race in just our 2 hours and 44 minutes.

"That race was pretty unbelievable in and of itself and then today was pretty neat as well."

The neat news comes from Houston where she ran one of her best marathons. It was her second marathon in just six weeks.

She did not finish in the top four (top three and an alternate) to represent the U.S. in the Olympics this summer, but that's not getting her down.

"I feel honored and blessed to have crossed the finish line and still have a smile on my face and it was a pretty cool feeling. Who knows, in four years from now if I'm at a place to where I can go back and train I may try for the trials again. It's a pretty unbelievable experience," said Easley.

Easley described the experience was sweet, adding she has become a faster and better runner since the birth of her son three years ago. She says being a dietitian also helped with fueling for the race.

Omaha's Kaci Lickteig finished just ahead of Easley. On the men's side Lincoln Native and Wesleyan All-American Mike Morgan finished 17th at the same trial in Houston with a time of 2:14:22.

The Olympic Marathon is scheduled for August 5th in London.

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