Former Bearcat Symmonds Takes Second at USA Track and Field Championships for Second Year in a Row

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Former Willamette University runner Nick Symmonds ('06, Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly HS) took second place in the 800-meter run for the consecutive consecutive year at the USA Track and Field Championships, held June 20-24 in Indianapolis, Ind. Symmonds won his preliminary heat in 1:46.17 and won his semfinal heat as well, clocking in at 1:46.53. In the finals, he finished behind Khadevis Robinson for the second year in a row. Robinson won his fourth national title overall with a time of 1:44.37. Symmonds completed the race in 1:45.17 to take second among the eight finalists. By placing in the top three, Symmonds earned a spot on the U.S.team for the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Symmonds, who won NCAA Division III individual national titles four times in the 800-meter run and three times in the 1,500-meter run, is considered one of the top contenders for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2008. In addition to his NCAA titles, Symmonds won the USA Indoor Track and Field national championship in the 800-meter run earlier this year. The Olympic Trials will be held in Eugene, Ore., next spring.

Nick Symmonds earned second place for the second consecutive year in the 800-meter run at the USA Track and Field Championships.

Nick Symmonds earned second place for the second consecutive year in the 800-meter run at the USA Track and Field Championships.