Mack Finishes 9th in 10,000 meters at Olympic Trials
June 22, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – Former NC State cross country All-American and current volunteer assistant Bobby Mack finished ninth in his quest to earn a spot on the United States Olympic Team in the men’s 10,000 meters on Friday night at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Running in a steady rain, the field was fast, as winner and hometown hero Galen Rupp won the race going away, breaking the previous U.S. Olympic Trials record by more than 11 seconds. Second place Matt Tegenkamp and third place Dathan Ritzenheim also made the Olympic A qualifying standard of 27:45 and will be heading to the London Olympic Games next month.
Mack, who had to finish in the top three and earn an A standard time to make the Olympic team, challenged throughout the race, but did not break with the lead pack at the 5,000-meter mark and could not close the gap at the end.
The Winston-Salem, N.C., native finished in the top 10 of the 24-runner meet and just missed his personal mark of 27:53.52, which he set in April at Stanford.
Current NC State volunteer assistant Edward Broadbent, who joined the program to coach Wolfpack sprinters in March, also competed in the men’s decathlon. The U.S. indoor champion in the men’s heptathlon, Broadbent is competing for HPC Elite.
He scored his most points with a ninth-place finish in the 100 meters at 10.99 seconds and an eighth-place finish in the long jump at 23-feet, 11 ¾ inches. His best finish in the five events was a second place in the high jump with a mark of 6-feet, 7 1/2 inches.
The final five events at the decathlon will be held on Saturday at Hayward Field.
On Monday, three more current and former Wolfpack athletes will compete in the preliminaries of the 5,000 meters. Junior All-American Ryan Hill and former All-American and current volunteer coach Stephen Furst will compete in the men’s 5,000 meters, while former cross country All-American Julia Lucas will compete in the women’s 5K.
Finals for the 5,000 meters will be on Thursday.