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Seahawks WR Metcalf to run in 100-meter race at USA Track meet

Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf hopes to chase down his Olympic dream this Sunday. He will run against world class sprinters in a 100-meter race.
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, leaps after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

First, DK Metcalf tracked down former Husky Budda Baker and saved the Cardinals from scoring a 90-plus yard touchdown in an NFL game last season. Now, the Seahawks receiver will try to run down an Olympic dream.

Metcalf is set to run in Sunday's 2021 USATF Golden Games and Distance Open. He's listed to run in the 100-meter race against world class sprinters.

There will be two runners at the meet that are in the top 5 fastest times in the world this season. Ronnie Baker ran a 9.94, third fastest in the world. Kyree King clocked a 9.97, good for fifth best. And for good measure, Rio Olympian Mike Rodgers will be there to compete.

Metcalf will likely need to break 10.2 seconds to qualify for the Olympic Trials. If he clocks a 10.05 seconds, he will automatically qualify for the Trials.

During Metcalf's sprint to tackle Baker, he hit a peak speed of 22.64 mph. If he would be at the speed for a full 100-meter dash, he would clock in at 9.88 seconds. 

Unfortunately, you don't start a race at full speed, but you also don't run with full pads. Sunday's meet will be an interesting test.

Sunday's track meet starts on NBC's streaming service Peacock-TV at 11am.  KING 5 picks it up at 1:30 p.m.   It appears that the first two heats of the 100-meter men's race start at 12:29 and 12:36pm.