On Saturday, Dunbar’s University of Oregon Ducks hoisted the men’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field championship trophy in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Ducks amassed 62 points, eight points ahead of runner-up Arkansas.
Dunbar played a big role in helping Oregon seal its first title since 2009.
The senior from Kodiak ran the final leg on Oregon’s runner-up distance medley relay team and finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run.
Dunbar ran a 4-minute, 02.995-second 1,600-meter medley relay leg. Oregon’s team finished in 9:40.47, three seconds behind champion Stanford.
“That is a huge race for Trevor, and of course Brett (Johnson), Marcus (Chambers) and Boru (Guyota) did great as well,” said Oregon coach Robert Johnson in an article on goducks.com. “Trevor stayed patient and ran the last two laps smart to finish second.”
Dunbar clocked a time of 8:14.13 in the 3,000, only three seconds off of teammate Edward Cheserek’s winning time. The fifth-place finish is Dunbar’s highest place at an NCAA national championship competition.
Dunbar, the first Alaska-born runner to break the 4-minute mile, earned all-American honors in both of his events.
Dunbar returns to Alaska on Wednesday to receive the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Directors Award at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum.
Oregon’s outdoor track and field season begins on March 22 with the Oregon Preview meet at Hayward Field.
• Former Kodiak resident Frank Catelli, a sophomore at Western Washington University, placed 17th in the men’s shot put at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday.
Catelli’s best toss was 52 feet, 4.5 inches.
Not qualifying for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, Dylan Anthony got a head start on the outdoor track and field season.
The University of Alaska Anchorage junior placed sixth in the 5,000-meter run at the Occidental Carnival and Sprints Festival Saturday in California.
Anthony clocked a 5K time of 14:35.73, 20 seconds behind the winning time. The field consisted of 143 runners.
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