Although Brian Olinger is the cross country coach at New Albany High School, he showed he can still compete. On Feb. 8, Olinger finished sixth in 36 minutes, 5 seconds at the USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego.
His performance earned him a spot on Team USA at theat the2011 IAFF World Cross Country Championships on March 20 in Punta Umbria, Spain.
In addition to his spot on Team USA, Olinger won $500 in prize money and $900 in stipends for his sixth-place finish. Brent Vaughn, of Black Hawk, Colo. finished first in 35:46.
As a coach, Olinger has led the New Albany boys to the Division I state meet the last two seasons. Last season,the Eagles totaled 249 points to place 11th as Louisville (125) edged runner-up Medina (126) for the team championship and in 2009 his team finished 15th (348).