Halfway through his junior year in
college, local running star Trevor Dunbar has decided to transfer from the University of Portland
to the University
1 :15 "Started thinking about it
last spring really when I was hitting a plateau, I guess. I really started
seriously considering it this summer when I had some time to reflect on the
past school year and where my career was headed from there."
at Kodiak High
School, Dunbar was a
three-time Alaska State Cross Country champion and twice declared as the track
and field champion. Since moving on to college, Dunbar
won the 2010 NCAA West Regional and was distinguished as an All-American at the
2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
says the decision will help advance his running career.
-- (Dunbar 2 :39 "It
was something I've given a lot of thought to and didn't want to pass up an
opportunity that I've always thought about, running for the University of
Oregon. Hopefully, they'll be hosting some NCAA championships and Olympic
trials next summer, so it's something I wanted to give myself the chance to
take that opportunity, be around that atmosphere and try to elevate my running
career to that next level. It was something that was hard to break away from,
what's been working well for me, but I also wanted to get that extra little
boost that I think I need.")
parents, Marcus and Kathleen Dunbar, both ran for the Portland Pilots with his
father also eventually transferring to the University of Oregon.
He says his Portland
teammates have been supportive of his decision.
3 :13 "I think we're still gonna be
friends even though my jersey's changing. I think the relationships and
friendships you make are a lot more important than some rivalries.")
Dunbar is currently completing his academic finals. He's
returning to Kodiak this weekend for the holidays.