March 14, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
On the first day of competition at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Wyoming Cowboy junior Mark Korir placed fourth in the nation in the 5,000-meter race.
Korir ran the race in 13:57.87 today, just missing his personal best and UW record holding time of 13:57.60 by two one hundredths of a second.
Korir started the race out in the lead pack, where he helped set the pace for the rest of the field. At the half way mark, he was still in the lead pack but he was joined by eight runners. In the last mile of the race, Mark passed Josh McDougal of Liberty, the cross country champion and the favorite for this race, to finish in fourth place.
All-America honors will be awarded on Monday, March 17th by the NCAA and traditionally a finish as high as Korir's will earn him that status for the third time in his career.
Recently an All-American for the second straight year in cross country, Mark placed 19th at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
"Mark had great focus today," said UW assistant coach Randy Cole. "He did a great job of pushing himself down the stretch and maintaining his position throughout the race."
Fellow Cowboy, Jake Shanklin will take to the field tomorrow where he will compete in the 35-lb weight throw, beginning at 2:00 p.m.