Thomas Pollard ran a personal record en route to a 16th place finish in the 10,000-meter event at the Under-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His time of 29:53.84 was almost 38 seconds faster than his previous best.
Pollard, a redshirt freshman, was the highest placing American runner, and second best amongst North Americans. His time was the fourth fastest ever ran by an American at the World Championships.
@tpollard4 time of 29:53 is the fourth fastest time ever run by a USA runner at World Championships— Jamie Pollard (@IASTATEAD) July 19, 2016
This is Pollard's second event for Team USA, having ran in the Pan American Cross Country Cup in Venezuela back in March.
Wearing the red, white, & blue at a World Championship was an experience I'll never forget! Thank you so much to everyone for the support!🇺🇸— Thomas Pollard (@TPollard4) July 19, 2016
Another Iowa State runner, Kelly Naumann, took 26th in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her time was 10:45:90. The sophomore faced five individuals who all came in under the 10-minute mark, and was unable to advance the finals.
Coming up on Saturday, incoming freshman Branna MacDougall is running for Team Canada in the 5,000-meter run.