April 20, 2010
BOSTON, Mass. -- Washington State alum and former distance standout Drew Polley finished 16th in the 114th Boston Marathon Monday.
Polley, originally from Port Orchard, Wash., finished the 26.2 miles in a time of 2 hours, 16.36 minutes for 16th place overall and was the fifth American to cross the finish line. His time qualified Polley to race in the United States Olympic Trials, to be held in Houston, for the 2012 London Games.
Now living and training in Rochester Hills, Mich., Polley is a member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, an Olympic Development program for post-collegiate runners.
Polley graduated from WSU with a degree in civil engineering in May 2009, after completing an outstanding running career as well as accumulating multiple academic awards. He had begun his masters studies last fall and was living and training in Pullman.
Polley moved to Michigan after finishing as the first American at the Rock `n' Roll Marathon in San Antonio, November 15, 2009. His debut marathon race in San Antonio, produced a time of 2:20.59, just off the 2:19 required to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Today's showing at the prestigious Boston Marathon and qualification for the Trials means Cougar fans can look forward to following Polley's career for years to come.