Former Willamette runner wins another championship

Willamette University alumnus and Olympian Nick Symmonds '06 placed high in several recent top running events, adding a third consecutive national outdoor championship to his list of running honors.

With a time of 1:45.98, Symmonds won the men's 800-meter run at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week in Des Moines, Iowa. He previously won the outdoor national title in the 800 at the 2009 championships and the 2008 Olympic trials, and he won the indoor national title earlier this year.

This past weekend, Symmonds placed third in the 1,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic international track and field meet in Eugene, Ore. The winner of the race, Abubaker Kaki Khamis of Sudan, recorded the fastest time on American soil, 2:13.62. Symmonds finished in 2:16.35, his personal best in the event.

Symmonds, who majored in biochemistry and won seven NCAA Division III national championships at Willamette, now runs for Oregon Track Club Elite. He competed for the U.S. team in the 800 meters at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he advanced to the semifinals.