U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials: 12 Runners To Watch

Four years ago Desiree Davila was happy to qualify for the Olympic Trials. This time around, anything short of a spot on the team would be a disappointment. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Desiree Davila

Four years ago Desiree Davila was happy to qualify for the Olympic Trials. This time around, anything short of a spot on the team would be a disappointment. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The fastest qualifier in the women’s field by way of her 2:22:38, second-place finish at last year’s Boston Marathon, Davila has quickly established herself as one of the top marathoners in the country. The Rochester Hills, Michigan-based runner has come a long way since she finished 13th in 2:37:50 at the 2008 Trials in Boston. In 2011 she ran personal bests at every distance from 5K to the marathon, and is one of the leading contenders to finish in the top-3 in Houston. Davila has said she is a “completely different athlete” than she was four years ago.

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