Dunbar finishes 29th at Worlds (Running)
Alaska’s Trevor Dunbar was somewhere today for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships that he normally doesn’t visit.
No, we’re not talking about Poland—but rather the middle of the pack.
Dunbar, of Kodiak fame, is an elite American runner with a pair of national championships under his shoes.
Yet this morning in the Polish city of Bydgozscz he never threatened the leaders en route to placing 29th out of 118 finishers in the men’s junior race. He covered the 8K course in 23:36, 89 seconds back of winner Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku of Kenya.
Dunbar, a freshman at the University of Portland, was the top finishing American and second among runners without African origin.
“We will catch up with them eventually,” Dunbar told the IAAF Web site. “But it won’t be tomorrow.”
The Alaskan earned the right to represent the Red, White and Blue by winning the USA Junior Cross Country Championships March 13 in Spokane, Wash.
Dunbar, a three-time Alaska high school champ, played a key role in helping Portland finish 13th at the NCAA championship last fall. He sat out the 2010 indoor track and field season for the Pilots to focus his training for the National and World Championships.