LCSC's Oribo qualifies for 5,000 national finals
MARION, Ind. – Lewis-Clark State College junior Jimmy Oribo continued his strong showing at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by qualifying for the finals of the men’s 5,000-meter run during Friday’s qualifying heats.
Oribo, who is from Kampala, Uganda, record a time of 14:40.13, which placed him fourth in his heat and overall. He will be one of 16 runners to compete in the finals on Saturday evening.
Shorter University’s Paul Chelimo edged Wayland Baptist’s Kennedy Kithuka by 7/100ths of a second to win the second heat, while Oklahoma Christian’s Geoffrey Njonjo was third in 14:39.67.
Only one runner in the finals will be a senior and Oribo will be one of five juniors in the final.
On Thursday, Oribo won his heat in the 10,000-meter run and topped his previous school record time by nearly a minute, but wound up 14th overall. Instead of a final run, the 10,000 just compared the times of the two heats for the overall finishers and Oribo wound up in the much slower heat as he won his heat by nearly a minute.
Dave Marks also was scheduled to run in the 1,500 on Friday, as well as the 10,000 on Thursday but unfortunately suffered a broken calcaneus (heel bone), which forced him to miss the meet.
Also on Saturday, LCSC will have three competitors in the marathon. That includes Casey Hampton and Amanda Palmer on the women's side, and Taylor Galusha on the men's side.