McNeill Finishes 24th at World Championships; Lomong Advances
BERLIN – On Monday night at
the IAAF World Championships, current Northern Arizona University
runner David McNeill and former Lumberjack, Lopez Lomong hit the
track at the Olympiastadion.
In the 10,000 meters final, McNeill raced against some of the best runners in the world and finished 24th overall with a time of 29:18.59.
“David has never been on a stage like this before,” said cross country head coach Eric Heins. “His goal was to compete and not just take it for granted that he was there. I hope he is able to take a lot away from the experience in terms of competing against the best guys in the world in a race that was a championship. He will bounce back. Obviously it wasn’t his best day, but he will be a better runner for it.”
McNeill will make his return to Flagstaff later this week and looks to lead the men’s cross country team to the NCAA Championships once again.
Also in competition representing NAU was Lomong. The former All-American finished second in his heat to qualify for the finals of the 1,500 meters event. Lomong’s time of 3:36.75 was good enough for fifth overall.
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.
He also 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.
The 1,500 meters final will take place Wednesday at 11:25 a.m. PST.
Official 10,000 results
Official 1,500 results