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Track & field: Nederland’s Butler steps down to prep for marathon

Her own competitive juices still flowing, track coach Kathy Butler, a two-time Olympic distance runner, has stepped down as girls track coach at Nederland to concentrate on her training as she prepares to get back into racing competitively and run a marathon in the fall.

Butler, 38, who also has a 2-year-old child, said she didn’t feel like she could devote the time that the track team deserved this spring.

Butler ran the 5,000-meter run for Canada at the 1996 Olympics. Running for the United Kingdom in 2004, she raced in the 10k. She has run the Chicago Marathon twice and said she’d like to run New York this year if she can qualify.

“I’d like to get one more crack at a good marathon,” Butler said.

Nederland athletic director Bob Billings said he would likely be interviewing for Butler’s replacement next week with practice starting on Feb. 27.

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