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Gorze places 12th at U20 World Championships

Running on the biggest stage of his young career, rising Crater senior Tyrone Gorze finished 12th in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, on Monday.

The 17-year-old Gorze finished with a time of 14 minutes, 32.23 seconds

Ethiopia’s Addisu Yihune, 19, won the 5K with a time of 14:03.05, just ahead of Eritrea’s duo of 18-year-olds Merhawi Mebrahtu (14:03.33) and Habtom Samuel (14:03.647).

One of the youngest participants in the 22-runner field, Gorze was the highest American finisher, with Dylan Throop — who runs at the University of Pennsylvania — unable to finish.

Gorze qualified for the world championships by virtue of winning the 5,000 at the USATF Under-20 Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene in late June.

The Crater standout also finished second in the 3,000 to wrap up the U20 national meet.

“Especially with the stuff that I’ve done in the late-cross-country season and then this track season, it’s been cool to see some of the hard work has really started to pay off,” said Gorze after his win in Eugene earlier this summer. “The goals I’ve had in my mind at the beginning of this season are now becoming a reality and that’s really cool to see.”

Gorze’s participation at worlds comes on the cusp of a senior season in cross-country in which he will be out to defend his Class 5A individual state title as well as looking to lead Crater to a second straight team title.

This past spring, Gorze captured the 5A state title in the boys 3,000 while finishing just behind teammate and freshman phenom Josiah Tostenson in the 1,500 a day later at Hayward.

Reach reporter Danny Penza at 541-776-4483 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @penzatopaper.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Rising Crater senior Tyrone Gorze, seen here in a file photo, finished 12th in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the U20 World Championships in Colombia earlier this week.