Kodiak's Trevor Dunbar missed out on a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics with an 11th place finish in Thursday's 5,000 meter final at the U.S. team trials in Eugene, Oregon. Dunbar clocked a time of 13 minutes, 40 point 66 seconds, not far off his personal best time. Only the top three runners advance to the London Games.
In addition to a third place result, Dunbar would have also needed to come across in 13:20 or faster to meet the Olympic qualifying standard.
Dunbar is only 21 years old, and just finished his sophomore year at the University of Oregon. He was a multiple state cross country and track standout at Kodiak High School.
In all, three Alaskans are competing at the U.S. Track & Field Trials. Anchorage's Jordan Clarke finished eighth in the shot put, five places short of making the Olympic team. Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks is scheduled to compete in the long jump prelims on Friday, with finals set for Sunday. DeLoach finished sixth in the long jump at the 2011 World Championships and is expected to be in the hunt for an Olympic bid.