June 26, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former University of New Mexico track and field athletes Rory Fraser and Keith Gerrard are competing at the 2012 European Athletics Championships this Wednesday and Saturday at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland.
The duo is just days removed from competing at the 2012 Aviva Trials (the U.K. Olympic team tryouts) in Birmingham, England, where they placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 5000-meter run. This week, Fraser will compete on Wednesday in the 5000 while Gerrard will run in the 10000 on Saturday.
Gerrard, a native of the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom, competed for New Mexico from 2009-11 and goes into the Championships with a personal record in the 10000 of 28:27.03. He also has significant experience, having competed with the British national team at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2009 and for the Lobos at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2011. His personal record ranks 81st all-time in history of the United Kingdom.
Fraser, who was at UNM from 2008-11, also owns a wealth of high-stakes experience having competed for the Lobos at four NCAA Championships. The Leicester, England, product, participated in the 5000-meter run at two outdoor championships as well as two indoor championships for New Mexico, and holds a season and personal best of 13:27.70 in the 5000 that ranks seventh in the U.K. in 2012. While at UNM, Fraser posted three of the ten fastest 5K times in Lobo history.
The biggest athletics event of the year before the Olympics, the 21st European Athletics Championships will feature representatives from all 50 European Athletics Member Federations countries. It is organized by the European Athletic Association and returns to Finland for the third time, and the first since 1994. Originally a four-year event that was held between the Summer Olympic cycle, it is now competed every two years.