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Track and field: Gonzaga’s James Mwaura 14th at Olympic trials in 10,000-meters

UPDATED: Fri., June 18, 2021

James Mwaura, right, ran the fastest 5,000-meter time in Gonzaga history at the Oregon Relays in April. Mwaura qualified for the NCAA regionals in both the 5,000 and 10,000.  (Courtesy of Gonzaga athletics)
James Mwaura, right, ran the fastest 5,000-meter time in Gonzaga history at the Oregon Relays in April. Mwaura qualified for the NCAA regionals in both the 5,000 and 10,000. (Courtesy of Gonzaga athletics)
From staff reports

Gonzaga’s James Mwaura finished 14th in the 10,000-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Friday in Eugene.

The top three runners will represent the United States in this summer’s Tokyo games.

Mwaura, who needed an appeal to gain entry to the trials, finished in 28 minutes, 11.89 seconds. He led for several laps late in the race before giving up the lead for good at the 7,600-meter mark.

The sophomore from Tacoma bested the trials qualifying standard of 28 minutes in the 10,000 with a time of 27:50.44 on June 9 at the NCAA Championships, where he finished ninth.

Team Nike’s Woody Kincaid won the race in 27:53.62.

Scaroni earns third Paralympic berth

Tekoa, Washington, native Susannah Scaroni will compete in her third Paralympic games this summer in Toyko after winning the 5,000 at the U.S. Paralympic Trials in Minneapolis.

Scaroni competed in the marathon race at the Rio De Janeiro (seventh place) and London (eighth) games in 2016 and 2012, respectively.

Scaroni edged Tatyana McFadden to win the trials. Scaroni finished in 12:26.34, slightly ahead of McFadden’s 12:26.62.

Scaroni was third in the 5,000 at the 2019 World Championships.

The Paralympic games will take place Aug. 24-Sept. 5.

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