Symmonds Wins National Title at U.S.A. Track & Field Indoor Championships

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

BOSTON, MASS. -- Former Willamette University track and field athlete Nick Symmonds, who won seven NCAA Division III individual national championships as a Bearcat, has now won a U.S.A. Track & Field national title after finishing first in the 800-meter run at the U.S.A. Indoor Track and Field Championships, at the Reggie Lewis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25. Symmonds won the event with a time of 1:48.73, as he finished 0.69 seconds in front of Sam Burley in second place.

Symmonds, whose career at Willamette included four 800-meter titles and three 1,500-meter titles in NCAA Division III, has established himself as one of the nation’s top middle distance runners. He took second place in the
800-meter run at the 2006 U.S.A. Track and Field Outdoor Championships this past June, as he completed the race in 1:45.83. During this winter’s indoor season, he moved under the four-minute mark in the mile run with a time of 3:56.72 at the University of Washington Indoor Preview. He won the 800-meter run in 1:48.15 at the Reebok Boston
Indoor Games on Jan. 27.

After graduating from Willamette in the spring of 2006, Symmonds has been able to devote most of his time to improving his skills as a runner. He is a member of Oregon Track Club Elite and will compete in the 1,500-meter run at Oregon Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon on April 20-21. He also hopes to compete in Eugene, Ore., during the U.S. Olympic Trials, which run from June 27 through July 6, 2008.

Articles about Nick Symmonds prior to the U.S.A. Indoor Track and Field Championships:
The New York Times
The Boston Globe

Articles about Nick Symmonds after winning the 800-meter run at the Indoor Championships:
The Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.)
U.S.A. Track & Field web site (Championships results)
U.S.A. Track & Field web site (Quotes)

Nick Symmonds won the U.S.A. Indoor Track and Field national title in the 800-meter run.

Nick Symmonds won the U.S.A. Indoor Track and Field national title in the 800-meter run.