Symmonds runs an 800
The Portland Track Festival ended a two-day run at Lewis & Clark College on Sunday, with veteran Nick Symmonds getting back on the track in his speciality, the 800 meters.
Symmonds, who has won six national titles and placed second three times, is trying for a last hurrah at age 33. He took fifth in his section on Sunday in 1 minute, 49.48 seconds.
The 2017 USA Track & Field championships are June 22-25 at Sacramento, California. The world competition is Aug. 5-13 at London.
Symmonds, who hadn't run a race this season, is considered a long shot to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the 2017 world championships.
Also at L&C, former Oregon Ducks standout Eric Jenkins won one of the 1,500 races in 3:37.55, with current Duck Sam Prakel next in 3:37.79, and two-time OIlympian Lopez Lomong third in 3:38.52.
In the other men's 1,500, NCAA Division II champion David Ribich of Western Oregon took first in 3:39.56.
In the women's 5,000, three-time Olympic competitor Shannon Rowbury got a world meet qualifying time, winning in 15:12.52.