Regan punches ticket to Olympic Trials


SLIPPERY ROCK, PA - Former Slippery Rock University distance running standout Patrick Reagan became the second SRU cross country and track and field alumnus to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon when he reached the qualifying standard at the Jan. 3 Jacksonville (Florida) Bank Half Marathon. Reagan will join former teammate Jeff Weiss, a 2009 Rock graduate, who earned his Olympic Trials qualifier last year.

Reagan, a 2010 SRU exercise science graduate, covered the 13.1-mile course in 1:04.29 for an average pace of 4:55 per mile. The finish provides him the opportunity to compete at February's Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles. The top three finishers at that event will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in Brazil this summer.

Reagan is in his fourth year as the head cross country and track and field coach at the Savannah (Georgia) College of Art and Design, leading his programs to one men's and three women's conference championships in cross country.

At Slippery Rock, Reagan was an All-American in cross-country and helped the men's team to a ninth-place finish at the National Championships in 2007.