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
May 2, 2010 Athletics Department Hands Out Annual Awards
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 8, 2009 Freriks Already Making Impact in Young Career
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 15, 2009 Former Lumberjack Lomong Advances in 1,500 at Worlds
August 14, 2009 Lomong and McNeill to Compete in IAAF World Championships
June 28, 2009 Former Olympian Lomong Wins 1500, Qualifies for Worlds