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Former Drake standout finishes eighth in men's 5,000-meter final

July 1, 2008
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Matt Gabrielson (No. 4) runs second in the first heat of the men's 5,000-meter race on Friday.

EUGENE, ORE. -- Former Drake standout Matt Gabrielson, a native of Belmond, Iowa, finished eighth in the finals of the men's 5,000 meter run Monday night at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Gabrielson was clocked in 13 minutes 38.06 seconds, just off his personal best of 13:30.68. He will not receive a berth on the U.S. Olympic men's track and field team.

While at Drake, Gabrielson was a 12-time All-Missouri Valley
Conference Performer, a USATF Junior All-American in the 1500 and a
Cross Country Academic All-American.

He also was a five-time Missouri Valley Conference champion at Drake from 1998-99 with
three indoor distance medley relays, the 3,000 indoor, and the 3,000
steeplechase outdoors.

The final official results of Monday night's race are listed below:

1.   Bernard Lagat               Nike                      13:27.47

2.   Matt Tegenkamp           Nike                      13:29.68

3.   Ian Dobson                   Adidas                   13:29.76

4.   Bolota Asmerom           Oregon TC Elite      13:31.24

5.   Chris Solinsky               Nike                      13:32.17

6.   Robert Curtis                Reebok                  13:35.00

7.   Stephen Pifer               Colorado                 13:37.46

8.   Matthew Gabrielson      Reebok                   13:38.06

9.   Brent Vaughn               Nike                       13:39.15

10. Thomas Morgan            ZAP Fitness            13:47.76

11. Kyle King                     ZAP Fitness            13:51.03

12. Ryan Vail                      Oklahoma State     13:54.77

13. Jonathon Riley              Nike                       13:57.58

 -- Adam Goucher               Nike                       DNF

 -- Galen Rupp                    unattached             DNS