Meddles runs fast 5,000 in Portland
Wade Meddles, a 2010 Sierra Lutheran High School graduate, ran 13:59.85 for 5,000 meters at the Portland Track Festival Sunday night in Portland, Ore.
Meddles finished second in Section 2 and 17th overall in the men’s high performance 5,000 meters at Lewis and Clark College. The time was a season best by more than 15 seconds and was his fastest time since 2014 when he ran 13:46.27 for Eastern Kentucky University. He didn’t race competitively in 2016.
“I started intense training in February, so it’s been good to get this far in such a short period of time,” said Meddles, who is training with his former Sierra Lutheran coach, Dave Marson.
The 5,000 qualifying standard is 13:32.0 for the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships next week in Sacramento.
“I was off about a year-and-a-half so it’s been harder getting back (to sub 14 minutes),” Meddles said. “I had hoped to qualify, but it’s a goal we’ll have for next year.”
■ Andrew Cobourn, a 2012 Douglas High graduate, finished among the overall leaders Sunday at the 107th annual Dipsea race in Marin County, Calif. Cobourn, 23, completed the 7.4-mile race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach in 52:55 on a course that takes runners up three flights of stairs and then out on horse trails toward the ocean.
Cobourn logged the fifth fastest time overall, however, his official finish position was 18th in a race that is age and gender handicapped. He started with the last wave of runners.
Cobourn recently completed his senior year at Chico State University. This was his third Dipsea race.