It's time to start getting excited about the January 14, 2012 Olympic marathon trials in Houston. We've got a lot of coverage planned leading up to the trials, but lets start by recognizing Colorado's qualifiers. Of these men and women listed below, do any have a shot at snagging a top-3 placing? And who in the list below will not even race the trials? It's just five weeks away, and a huge congratulations goes to these qualifiers.
Austin Baillie - 1:04 at 2010 Houston half marathon.
Trent Briney - 2:16 at 2009 Cal Intl Marathon.
Fernando Cabada - 2:15 at 2010 Twin Cities Marathon, ranked 25th among all men.
James Carney - 2:15:50 at 2010 Rotterdam Marathon. Mike Chavez
- 1:04 at 2011 Houston half marathon.
Robert Cheseret - 28:29 10000m at 2011 Stanford Invite.
Joseph Chirlee - 2:18 at 2011 Chicago Marathon.
Josh Eberly - 2:21 at 2008 Twin Cities Marathon (U.S. championships).
Joel Hamilton - 1:03 at 2009 Houston half marathon.
Jason Hartmann - 2:11 at 2010 Chicago Marathon, ranked 5th among all men.
Sean Houseworth - 1:03 at 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Vegas half marathon.
Matt Levassiur - 2:18 at 2011 Chicago Marathon. Tyler McCandless
- 2:17 at 2011 Grandma's Marathon.
Tommy Neal - 1:05 at Garry Bjorklund half marathon.
Sean Quigley - 1:03 at 2010 World Half Marathon Championships. Pat Rizzo
- 2:14 at 2011 Pan Am Games Marathon, ranked 18th among all men.
Chris Siemers - 2:18 at 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon.
Ed Torres - 2:17 at 2008 Twin Cities Marathon.
Jorge Torres - 2:13:00 at 2009 New York Marathon, rahnked 9th among all men.
Brent Vaughn - 1:02 at 2010 Houston half marathon.
Justin Young - 2:14:07 at 2010 Cal Intl Marathon, rahnked 16th among all men.
Deanna Ardrey - 2:43 at 2011 Chicago Marathon. Katie Blackett
- 2:44 at 2011 Eugene Marathon.
Kelly Calway - 2:42 at 2010 Cal Intl Marathon.
Adrian Chouinard - 245 at 2011 Chicago Marathon.
Jeanne Cooper - 2:45 at 2010 Boston Marathon.
Colleen De Reuck - 2:30 at 2010 Copenhagen Marathon.
Kim Dobson - 2:45 at 2011 Cal Intl Marathon.
Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz - 2:40 at 2011 Houston Marathon.
Zoila Gomez - 2:32 at 2010 Chicago Marathon.
Paige Higgins - 2:33 at 2010 Houston Marathon. Nan Kennard
- 2:35 at 2010 Baltimore Marathon.
Megan Lund-Lizotte - 2:45 at 2009 Twin Cities Marathon.
Renee Metivier-Baillie - 1:11 at 2010 Houston half marathon. Tera Moody
- 2:30 at 2010 Chicago Marathon. Lavenna Mullenbach
- 2:45 at 2009 Twin Cities Marathon.
Adriana Nelson - 1:13 at 2011 Philly half marathon.
Brianne Nelson - 1:14 at 2011 Philly half marathon.
Danielle Quatrochi - 2:44 at 2011 Cal Intl Marathon.
Amanda Scott - 2:45:26 at 2011 Indy Monumental Marathon. Cassie Slade
- 32:56 10000m at 2011 U.S. track and field championships. Michele Suszek
- 2:43 at 2011 Shamrock Marathon.
Alisha Williams - 1:15 at 2011 Edmonton half marathon.
Caroline White - 2:37 at 2011 Boston Marathon. Wendy Thomas
- 1:13 at 2011 Philly half marathon.
Joanna Zeiger - 2:43:48 at 2011 Cal Intl Marathon.