Cabada Finished 71st at IAAF World Championshi
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas freshman track and field athlete Fernando Cabada finished in 71st place in the Junior men’s 8k at the International Amateur Athletic Federation World Cross Country Championships in Ostend, Belgium, on Sunday. His performance also helped Team USA men’s 8k team grab a third-place finish.
Despite the difficult conditions of 34-degree temperature, 35 miles per hour wind gusts and thick sticky mud, Cabada finished the 8000-meter run in 28:16.
The Fresno, Calif. native, who represented Team USA qualified for the IAAF World Championships after finishing fifth in the 8,000 meter run for juniors’ ages 14-19 and finished in fifth place with a time of 24:47.20 at the 2001 Winter Cross Country Championships.
“I got off to a nice start, but the mud was just too thick for me and I just couldn’t move fast,” Cabada said. “I expected to finish in the top 30 and I started out with them, but I was just too weak to run in this type of course. The cold didn’t bother, but the mud was just too tough.”
Cabada served as an alternate for the Razorbacks’ 2001 National Championship cross country squad and also scored four points for the Hogs at the 2001 Southeastern Conference Championships in late February by finishing fifth in the 5,000-meter run.
The rest of the Hogs begin outdoor track and field season this weekend with the distance crew heading to Stanford Calif. for the Stanford Invitational on Saturday and Sunday and the sprinters and the jumpers off to Athens, Ga. for the SEC 5-Way at the University of Georgia.
Junior Men Results
1. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 25:04
2. Duncan Lebo (KEN) 25:37
3. Dathan Ritzenhein (USA) 25:46
4. Nicholas Kemboi (KEN) 25:52
5. Matt Tegenkamp (USA) 25:55
Team USA Finishers
24. Josh Spiker – 27:02
39. Ian Dobson – 27:34
71. Fernando Cabada Jr. – 28:16
93. Mat Maline – 28:42
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