Kodiak's own Trevor Dunbar capped
off a highly successful high school running career Sunday by capturing third
place in the junior men's 5,000-meter race at the U.S. Track and Field
Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Next up for Dunbar
is preparing for what looks to be a promising career as a collegiate runner. KMXT's
Erik Wander has more.
against mostly college freshmen, and one of only a small group of high school
runners in the race, Dunbar finished the 5,000 meters with a time of 14
minutes, 43.98 seconds, nearly 10 seconds off his personal best, and 12 seconds
behind winner Colby Lowe of Oklahoma.
Another college freshman, Sean Keveren of Virginia,
was second, finishing six seconds ahead of Dunbar.
Reached on his way to Portland International Airport
for his trip home, Dunbar said he'll take the
third place finish, but felt like he could have run better a better race in the
hot and windy conditions.
-- (Dunbar 1 41 sec. "I
found myself in second place ... it was a decent race.")
race marked the final time Dunbar would compete
as a high school runner. He reflected on a brilliant high school running career
and said he's looking forward to competing at the collegiate level.
-- (Dunbar 2 33 sec. "Putting
a lot of emphasis ... which I'm really
who finished as the top high school runner in Sunday's race, said competing
against collegiate runners was a good experience as he prepares for his college
-- (Dunbar 3 32 sec. "I
was the first high school ... into
college next year.")
marked just the fourth time Dunbar has run
5,000 meters on a track. He said looks forward to doing so more often because the
distance tends to play into his strengths.
-- (Dunbar 4 25 sec. "I
like getting in that rhythm ... it's an
his way back to Kodiak for the summer, Dunbar
said he plans to take some time off before running again.
-- (Dunbar 5 12 sec. "Start
to get in better and ... good solid
runners on my team.")
Dunbar's accomplishments as a high school athlete include
multiple state track and field and cross country titles. He's also won races at
national events in the past year, such as the Nike Outdoor Nationals and the
Adidas Cross-Country Classic. He begins his college running career this fall at
the University of