SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Trevor Dunbar laid it all on the line, Friday night, hanging tough against an extremely talented 5,000 field to end the third day of the USATF Championships.
Dunbar was on the heels of the leaders entering the bell lap after bouncing around between sixth and ninth place for a majority of the race. The senior from Kodiak, Ala., finished in sixth place with a time of 13:34.96.
Both Phyllis Francis and Mike Berry will be in the 400 finals, Saturday after advancing through the semifinal stage, Friday. With the top four of each heat advancing, Francis finished second in a time 50.99 while Berry took fourth in his heat (45.43).
Laura Roesler used another big kick in the women’s 800 semifinals to win her heat in 2:02.37. The senior won her heat in the opening round on Thursday as well, and will have a chance to race for the American title on Sunday.
After advancing through the semifinals earlier in the day, English Gardner ran 11.37 into a headwind to finish fourth in the women’s 100-meter finals despite stumbling out of the blocks.
Oregon graduate Elijah Greer will be racing in the finals of the men’s 800 with a win of his heat in the semifinals. Greer finished in 1:47.50.
Former Oregon pole vaulter Becky Holliday took third by clearing 14-7.25 (4.45m).
Alexi Pappas finished seventh in the women’s 5,000 with a time of 15:28.38.
Action will resume Saturday with both of the 400-meter finals as well as NCAA Champion Devon Allen returning to the track for the 110 hurdles.