SEATTLE - A memorable summer month for Colby Gilbert was capped off on Friday at the IAAF World Junior Championships as the U.S. Junior 5,000-meter champion matched the best finish ever by an American in the event. Along with Gilbert, freshman Amy-Eloise Neale concluded her race season with an 11th-place finish in the women's steeplechase finals.
The World Junior Championships finish up Sunday at Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, the first time the meet has ever been held in the U.S. Eligible athletes are 19 years-old and under.
Gilbert, who redshirted his first season as a Dawg, kicked hard over the final stretch of the race to finish ninth in the 5k final in a time of 14:09.98. That was just a couple seconds off his personal best set at the Stanford Invitational this year of 14:07.13.
"I wanted to finish on a high note; I wanted to PR, but that's a solid time," said Gilbert after the race. "I wanted to finish strong. In the last mile, we were rolling." Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia got the gold in 13:25.19.
Neale, who also redshirted the spring track season, ran her second steeplecahse in three days for her native Great Britain after qualifying for the final in Thursday's prelim. Temperatures were up and times were slower in the final, with Neale running eight seconds slower than the prelims, finishing 11th overall in 10:25.14.