Ben True not only qualified for the 15th IAAF world track and field championships over the weekend, he gave himself some options.
The 29-year-old North Yarmouth native and former Greely High School standout, who trains out of Hanover, New Hampshire, finished second in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races at the USATF Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon.
Those results set True up to compete in the world championships slated for Aug. 22-30 in Beijing, China.
The effort was a redemption of sorts for True, who finished fourth in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the 2013 national championships and just missed qualifying for the worlds, as the top three finishers at the U.S. championships advance.
The Saucony-affiliated runner finished second in the 10K last Thursday night, with his time of 28 minutes, 14.26 seconds in the 10,000 trailing only Galen Rupp’s winning effort of 28:11.61.
True then placed second in Sunday’s 5,000-meter final with a time of 13:51.09. Ryan Hill won the race in 13:50.69.
The Dartmouth College graduate is expected to run just one event at the worlds, but he still must achieve the world qualifying standard in the 5,000 of 13:23. True’s personal best for 5K on the track is 13:02.74, set at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in May 2014.
True was among several Mainers who participated at the USATF championships.
Riley Masters of Bangor joined True in the 5,000, finishing ninth among the 20 runners in 13:58.23, while Will Geoghegan of Brunswick and the University of Oregon was eighth in the 1,500-meter final in 3:40.05.
Former Ellsworth High School distance standout Dan Curts, who recently completed his freshman year at Iowa State University, finished ninth in the junior 1,500 in 4:03.10. That came one day after he qualified for the final with a 3:55.07 preliminary-heat clocking.
Two Lewiston-area athletes representing the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department placed in the junior women’s 10,000-meter race walk. Kayla Allen, who will be a junior at Lewiston High School this fall, finished fifth in 56:03.60 while Sydney Sirois, who will be a junior at Saint Dominic Academy in Auburn, was seventh in 57:07.96.