So far at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Kodiak running star Trevor Dunbar is a spectator.
But he is training as if he was a competitor, and sometime Saturday he will learn if he'll run in the men's 5,000 meters on Monday. Sometime even later, he'll learn if he's in the field for the 1,500 meters.
"Is Trevor going to run? That's a good question. That's a really good question," his dad, Marcus Dunbar, said Friday via cellphone while watching preliminary action at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The elder Dunbar said the field for the 5,000 meters will be announced Saturday, following Friday night's 10,000-meter finals. The field will be determined after the 10,000 race because some 10,000-meter runners will decide after the longer race whether to enter the shorter one.
Only 25 men will compete in Monday's 5,000 preliminaries. Of those who have met the qualifying standard and have declared they want to run, Trevor is in the 25th spot, based on his qualifying time of 13 minutes, 36.86 seconds.
But there are three runners with faster times who so far haven't decided whether they will enter the 5,000, including two in the 10,000.
"He's right on the cusp," Marcus said. "He's been training every day as if he's going to be running. He's a little anxious to find out."
Dunbar also has a shot at making the field for the 1,500, based on a performance last weekend in Eugene that earned him family -- and Alaska -- bragging rights.
He clocked the fastest 1,500 time by an Alaska-born runner, beating the mark held for 19 years by his dad. His time of 3 minutes, 40.06 bettered his dad's mark of 3:41.91, recorded in 1993.
Marcus Dunbar said the time ranks his son 34th among qualifiers, the top 30 of whom will run in the preliminaries next Thursday.
"So there will have to be four who scratch," he said. "The chance is a little less likely than in the 5,000, but there's a chance.
Dunbar is coming off a tremendous college track season. After twice earning NCAA Division I All-America honors in cross country for the University of Portland, he transferred this winter to the University of Oregon so he could pursue track and field more vigorously. Portland has a strong cross country team but doesn't have a track facility, while Oregon has a famously successful track program.
He delivered for the Ducks immediately, placing sixth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA outdoor championships earlier this month, another All-American performance.
"He's had a great season, whether he gets into the 5,000 or not."
The Alaskan with the best shot at going to the London Olympics in track and field is long jumper Janay DeLoach, who grabbed the silver medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships earlier this year.
DeLoach was a natural in the long jump at Eielson High in Fairbanks. She set the Alaska high school record in 2003 (19 feet, 5 inches), but her career really took flight in college for Colorado State, where she was a three-time Division I All-American.
She enters the competition in Eugene with a personal-best of 22-11 1/4 and is a favorite to make the Olympic team.
"I am without a doubt ready and amped for the day to arrive when I can say for sure that I will be going to 2012 London Olympics," she wrote on her blog. "I have so many feelings around this event that most of the time I have to close my eyes and breathe just to lower my heart rate ... I get so excited that I'm ready to jump the moment any word is spoken about it. This happens at least 10-20 times a day ... seriously."