Kodiak High School
senior Trevor Dunbar has chosen to attend the University of Portland
this fall on a full-scholarship. Dunbar chose
the Pilots after weighing a number of offers from larger colleges. In October
Dunbar set a course record at the Adidas Cross Country Classic in Portland and came in
second in the Foot Locker National Championships. KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
Dunbar, who was
weighing offers from the University of
State and Northern
Arizona, said he is satisfied with his decision to become a
Portland Pilot next fall. Portland
is the smallest school he was considering, but it is a division one program
that finished seventh in the nation last year. Dunbar said the size of the
school, making the transition to college athletics and academics, the proximity
of Portland to
Kodiak and Pilots' head coach, Rob Connor, were all factors in his decision.
-- (Trevor 1 53 sec "When it was all laid out ... they've
got a lot of talent.")
Dunbar said he enjoyed the sometimes grueling process of
visiting schools and speaking with coaches but that he's ready to move on with
his collegiate running career at this point. He said it was a difficult
decision to make.
-- (Trevor 2 22 sec "It was a really tough ... I'm glad
it's over with.")
father, Marcus, who is also Trevor's coach at Kodiak
High School, ran alongside Portland's coach Connor at Portland
for the first two years of his own college career before transferring to Oregon.
-- (Marcus 1 55 sec "The
we had known ... a big part of their team.")
Dunbar transferred to and ultimately graduated from Oregon
after deciding that he wanted to major in physical education, which wasn't
offered at Portland.
He says he's not disappointed in Trevor's decision to attend Portland, even though the defending national
champion Ducks were on his short list. He said the decision was ultimately
Trevor's to make.
-- (Marcus 2 39 sec "I
think he would have loved Oregon
... what he thought.")
has aspirations for his college career. He said he's looking forward to helping
his new team finish even higher than seventh in the nation, which matched the
program's best finish ever, and that he'd like to earn All-American honors
-- (Trevor 3 18 sec "First time out, I'd like ...
definitely down the road.")
Dunbar is considering majoring in business in college but
plans to hold off on that decision for now as he focuses on the upcoming high
school track season and training for next fall. I'm Erik Wander.