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UO runner Trevor Dunbar will attempt to crack 4 minutes

July 06, 2013

Alaska native after first sub-4 Mile for his home state on Monday, July 15 at Roughrider Twilight in Portland

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

The University of Oregon's Trevor Dunbar will be attempting a sub-4 minute Mile on Monday, July 15 at Portland's Roosevelt High School in the Roughrider Twilight.

Dunbar has made several attempts to become the first Alaskan to break the coveted 4 minute barrier for the distance made iconic by Roger Bannister in 1954. His father, Marcus Dunbar, also an Oregon Miler, holds the state record of 4:00.58, set in 1993.

Dunbar appears primed this time, after missing the 2013 college outdoor season with injury problems. He  ran a swift 1500 yesterday at the Victoria International Track Classic, finishing second in 3 minutes, 38.38 seconds.

The Roughrider Twilight -- which has been set up around a bid by Nike Oregon Project runners Jordan Hasay and Tara Erdmann to hit qualifying standards for the IAAF World Championships in the 10,000 -- is a homecoming of sorts for Dunbar. He began his college career at the University of Portland, just a stones throw from Roosevelt.

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