BERLIN – This weekend at the
IAAF World Championships, Northern Arizona University will be well
represented by both Lopez Lomong (USA) and David McNeill (AUS) who
qualified for the event, and will represent their respective
Lomong qualified for the championships when he won the 1,500 meters at the USA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. back in June. Lomong outran Nike teammate Leo Manzano down the home stretch to win the event in 3:41.68, edging Manzano’s 3:41.82.
Lomong represented the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, reaching the semifinals in the 1500m. He was also the flag bearer for the United States in the Opening Ceremonies.
For the Lumberjacks, Lomong was a two-time National Champion (1,500m, Outdoors, 2007; 3,000m., Indoors, 2007), five-time All-American, 12-time Big Sky Conference individual champion and holder of five school records at Northern Arizona University. He competed for cross country from 2005-07 and the track and field for the 2006-07 seasons.
Running for his native country of Australia, McNeill qualified for the World Championships when he ran in the Telstra Zatopek Classic over Christmas break. McNeill recorded a time of 28:03.02 in the 10,000 meter event, giving him a spot on the B qualifier team. That time was good enough to send the Lumberjack to Berlin.
McNeill garnered All-American honors when he finished 15th overall with a time of 29:53 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last November. His efforts helped the men finish sixth in the event.
In June, McNeill finished second in the finals of the men’s 5000 meters at the NCAA Division I 2009 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His time of 14:05.79 earned the Lumberjack his fifth career All-American honor.
The IAAF Championships begin Saturday with Lomong competing at 9:29 a.m. PST in the 1,500 meter event. He will be in heat three. Should Lomong advance, the semi-final race takes place Monday at 11:10 a.m. PST.
The 10,000 meter final that features McNeill is also slated for Monday, and begins at 11:50 a.m. PST.
The IAAF Championships will be televised on the Versus Network. Dish Network users can find the event on channel 151, and on DirecTV it is channel 603.
February 1, 2010 Nine Cross Country Athletes Named All-Academic Big Sky
December 4, 2009 Heins Named Big Sky Coach of the Year
November 23, 2009 McNeill Finishes Runner Up; Lumberjacks Claim Fourth Place
November 20, 2009 Lumberjacks to Compete at Cross Country Championships Monday
November 18, 2009 McNeill Named Mountain Region Athlete of the Year
November 17, 2009 Lumberjacks Slip in Latest USTFCCCA Rankings
November 15, 2009 Mens Team Receives At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships
November 14, 2009 McNeill Repeats; Men Finish Fourth, Women Seventh at Mountain Regional
November 12, 2009 Cross Country to Race at NCAA Mountain Regional in Albuquerque
November 3, 2009 Mens Team Climbs to No. 4 in Latest USTFCCCA Rankings
October 31, 2009 Lumberjacks Sweep Big Sky Cross Country Championships
October 30, 2009 Big Sky Conference Championship Start Time Pushed Back
October 28, 2009 Cross Country to Run in Big Sky Championships Saturday
October 20, 2009 Chipangama, Pohl Named Big Sky Cross Country Athletes of the Week
October 20, 2009 Lumberjacks Drop in Latest USTFCCCA Polls
October 17, 2009 Cross Country Teams Turn in Solid Efforts at Pre-Nationals
October 16, 2009 'Jack of All Trades by Amy Farnum of NCAA.com
October 15, 2009 Watch The Lumberjacks Compete Live at Pre-Nationals Saturday
October 14, 2009 Lumberjacks Gear Up for Pre-Nationals Invitational
October 6, 2009 Lumberjacks Move Up in USTFCCCA Rankings
October 5, 2009 Cowboy Jamboree Highlights and Interviews
October 3, 2009 Chipangama Leads Lumberjacks to Cowboy Jamboree Men's Title
September 30, 2009 Cross Country to Compete in ASU Invitational and Cowboy Jamboree
September 29, 2009 Lumberjacks Stand Firm in USTFCCCA Rankings
September 22, 2009 Pohl Named Big Sky Conference Womens Cross Country Athlete of the Week
September 19, 2009 Pohl, Chipangama Lead Lumberjacks to Titles at Aztec Invitational
September 15, 2009 Lumberjacks Head West for Aztec Invitational
September 15, 2009 Cross Country Teams in Preseason USTFCCCA Rankings
September 8, 2009 Pohl Claims First Women's Cross Country Athlete of The Week Award
September 5, 2009 Lumberjacks Capture Rain-Soaked George Kyte Classic Titles
September 1, 2009 Cross Country to Host George Kyte Classic Saturday
August 24, 2009 2009 Cross Country Season Preview
August 19, 2009 George Kyte Classic Registration Information
August 17, 2009 McNeill Finishes 24th at World Championships; Lomong Advances
August 14, 2009 Lomong and McNeill to Compete in IAAF World Championships