Dunbar ready to tackle field in his “most competitive race”
He’s a long ways from that dude, though.
Dunbar is now a Nike-sponsored professional, and Friday he will face the toughest challenge of his running life.
The 24-year-old is part of tomorrow’s uber competitive men’s 3,000-meter race at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
According to The Register-Guard, Friday’s race features “four Olympians, four members of last summer’s World Outdoor team, runners with seven of the top-10 times in U.S. history, three individuals who hold a combined 10 American records [indoors and outdoors] and the 2015 NCAA champion.”
The top two qualify for World Indoors later this month.
“Certainly the most competitive race I’ve ever been in,” Dunbar told the Eugene newspaper. “All in all, I just want to extract the most out of myself that I can. This is really my peak. I’ve been training for a while now, I’m healthy, so I’m just going to put everything into this.
“There’s nothing to lose for me. I’m going in there and stick my nose in it and try and place as high as I can.”
Dunbar, of Kodiak High fame, was a NCAA All-American at both the University of Portland and University of Oregon.
His season best time in the 3,000 is 7 minutes, 43 seconds.
He will have to run faster to be a factor against this loaded field.
Then again, with 16 races on the track, maybe it’s about survival more than anything for the budding national star.
“For me it’s all about positioning and trying to stay out of trouble,” Dunbar said. “There’s going to be a lot of bodies out there and everyone will be so close and so good. I’m just going to go along for the ride and see what happens.”