Trevor Dunbar’s moment on the world stage didn’t happen.
According to a Facebook post, Dunbar woke up with the flu Sunday morning and had to forego running in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda.
“Most unfortunate timing to get sick,” his father, Marcus, posted on the Fans of Trevor Dunbar Facebook page.
“Hopefully his strong training for this event, coupled with his hunger from missing the big race, will carry him to a great outdoor season.”
Team USA had a strong showing, finishing fifth out of 18 nations with 78 points. Ethiopia won with 21 points, edging Kenya by a point.
Samuel Chelanga was the USA’s top finisher in 11th place with a 10-kilometer time of 29 minutes, 12 seconds. Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won in 28:24.
USA’s Leonard Korir was 20th (29:36), Shadrack Kipchirchir 21st (29:44) and Stanley Kebenei 26th (30:03).
In world cross country only four runners are scored from each team compared to five in the states.
Dunbar, 24, qualified for the elite race by finishing sixth at the USA Cross Country Championships in early February.
Before leaving to Uganda last Monday, Dunbar, a former Kodiak, University of Portland and Oregon running star, told the KDM that his next racing goal is to obtain a World Championship qualifying time in the 5,000-meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 5.
“I’m going to take one week where I can decompress and take a mental break and regather,” he said last week. “Then I will start a month training block where I will transition to track.”