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Cox Places 14th in Olympic Marathon Trials

January 14, 2012
|  Houston, Texas
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Josh Cox, shown here breaking the American 50K record in January 2011, placed 14th in Saturday morning's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Official Men's Results

Official Women's Results

Josh Cox, a 1998 Liberty graduate, made a successful showing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, contested Saturday morning on the streets of Houston, Texas. He finished 14th in the men's race, notching a personal-best time of 2:13:50. Meanwhile, 2008 Liberty graduate Carol Jefferson came in 113th in the women's race.

Cox recorded a top 20 finish in the field of 85 finishers for the third time in four U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials appearances, following an 18th-place showing in 2000 and a seventh-place effort in 2004. The 36-year-old Cox was one of only two top 50 finishers in this year's men's race over the age of 35, joining race champion Meb Keflezighi, also 36.

Cox's official finishing time of 2:13:50 cut one second off of his previous personal-best and Liberty alumni record clocking of 2:13:51, set at the 2009 California International Marathon in Sacramento, Calif.

In the women's race, Jefferson crossed the finish line in 2:48:59 in her U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials debut. The 26-year-old was 113th out of 152 women's finishers.

The three men's qualifiers to the London Olympics were Keflezighi (2:09:08), Ryan Hall (2:09:30) and Abdi Abdirahman (2:09:47). On the women's side, the trio of Shalane Flanagan (2:25:38), Desiree Davila (2:25:55) and Kara Goucher (2:26:06) earned the right to represent the U.S. in London this summer.