GRU Augusta coach chasing an Olympic dream in the marathon

Friday, June 20, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- The last few years have been good ones for the distance programs at GRU-Augusta.

A few years ago they sent a runner to the NCAA cross country championships. Then another distance runner to the track finals. How does the Olympics sound for an encore?

This weekend assistant coach Pardon Ndhlovu is running a marathon in Minnesota with hopes of seeing how he stacks up as far as qualifying standards goes. Ndhlovu was an All American at UNC Pembroke and has represented Zimbabwe. He's thought long and hard about what it would mean if he was able to qualify.

"It would mean a lot and it would be a showcase of all the hard work that you put in the past years, the past weeks, the past months and everything would be just coming together in just one big race in the biggest world stage ever," he said.

Now, this is just a warm up marathon and they won't officially take qualifying times til after the first of the year. Ndhlovu is hoping to run a solid time giving him the confidence when he goes for a spot on the Olympic team and make the dream become reality.

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