EUGENE, Oregon – Dartmouth’s John Bleday and Curtis King ran in the 5000m men’s national final Friday night at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field.
King, a sophomore, finished 21st in 14:24, while Bleday, a senior, was 24th in 14:36.49.
Arizona’s Lawi Lalang (13:18.36), narrowly bested Oregon’s Edward Cheserek (13:18.71) at the finish line as both set meet-record times in the event, breaking the old mark established in 1979.
It was clear from the start that this was going to be a race for third and beyond as Lalang and Cheserek pulled away from the rest of the pack early. Bleday and King were part of the third grouping midway through and were never able to break from it as the race progressed.
For Bleday, it was his final race in a Dartmouth uniform, but also marked his first time reach the NCAA Championship. King has two years of eligibility remaining.