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Dunbar makes smashing pro track debut

Beth Bragg

Ireland – and professional track – seem to agree with Kodiak’s Trevor Dunbar.

Dunbar, who made his pro track debut this week in Ireland, on Friday turned in his second personal best in four days. And both marks are the fastest ever recorded by an Alaskan.

Dunbar set a PR in the 3,000 meters Friday at the Morton Games in Dublin, three days after he lowered his PR in the mile at the Cork City Games in Cork.

His 3,000-meter time of 7 minutes, 45.09 seconds took more than six seconds off his previous best. And it replaced the previous all-time best  by an Alaskan, the 7:46.2 recorded in 1982 by Anchorage's Don Clary, a 1984 Olympian.

“Won a little cash and drank a Guiness,” Dunbar tweeted after his second-place finish in the Dublin meet, one of the most famous in Ireland.

Dunbar’s previous best in the 3,000 was 7:51.55, registered in a February meet while he was still racing collegiately for the University of Oregon.

On Tuesday in Cork, Dunbar lowered his PR in the mile to 3:57.19 – a race that marked his pro debut. His previous best, 3:59.06, was recorded last summer and marked the first sub-4:00 mile by an Alaskan.

Dunbar, a high school star in track and cross country at Kodiak, recently wrapped up a successful college career at Oregon. At his final NCAA championship meet, he placed third in the 5,000 and fifth in the 10,000.

Dunbar’s next race is next week in Belgium, where he’ll run the 5,000.

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