June 11, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
Senior Mark Korir ran his last race for the University of Wyoming track and field team late Wednesday night at the NCAA Championships after a lightning delay postponed the race more than two hours.
Korir, one of the greatest distance runners in school history finished with a time of 8:49.60 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase which is his personal best and good for fourth best all-time in Wyoming history. He ran in the first of two heats and finished 10th in his heat and 16th overall. The top-14 qualified for the finals that will be ran on Friday, Korir was only .82 seconds behind the last qualifier heading into the finals.
"Not the best way to cap off his career but I can't say enough about this kid and the career he has had here at Wyoming," said UW assistant coach Randy Cole. "He gave it everything he had and I am proud to have had the opportunity to have coached him the three years he was here."
Wyoming senior Jake Shanklin will compete in the finals for the hammer throw on Friday at 11 a.m. (MT).