'Lost Boy' Yuot runs to Div. III glory
CHESTER, Pa. -- The journey will always be a part of Macharia Yuot. No matter where he goes, or what he does. Yuot, one of "The Lost Boys of Sudan" and the subject of an ESPN.com story in April, will always carry with him the memory of his walk to freedom as a 9-year-old across nearly 1,000 miles of the largest country in Africa.So when the Widener University senior revealed the grand plan for last week's Division III national track and field championship at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., he could be excused for ignoring the odd looks and the "Are you crazy?" remarks. The plan: Enter and win the 10,000-meter run on Thursday, the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday and the 5,000-meter run on Saturday. His threshold for pain would be tested again. And he passed the test, again. Yuot became the first track and field athlete in Division III history to win three NCAA championships in as many days. He took the 10,000 meters in 30 minutes, 26.99 seconds on May 25, the 3,000-meter steeplechase on May 26 in a Widener-record 9:03.88, and the 5,000 meters in 14:48.96 in near-90-degree heat on May 27. Yuot is believed to be the first runner in NCAA history to win all three distance races at a single national track and field championship, although NCAA spokesperson Gail Dent was unable to confirm it. "When I first talked to people about running those three events," Yuot said, "they thought I was nuts. But once I won that 10,000, that made things very easy. The 10,000 started everything. I didn't even think about the pain. The last race, the 5,000, was the most difficult. But it wasn't because of the pace of the race. It was very hot, but I didn't care how tough it was.