PR: 5,000m 13:15.33 (2005)
Current Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.
High School: Klamath (Klamath Falls, Ore.) HS 00
College: Stanford 04
Coach: Terrence Mahon
Agent: Ray Flynn
Club: Team USA California
Career Highlights: 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials in 5,000m; 2005 USA Outdoor Champs 5000m runner-up; 2001 USA Junior 5,000m champion; 2nd at 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships 5,000m
After placing 9th in the 5,000m at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships, Dobson bounced back with a third place finish at the 2008 Olympic Trials and a spot on the Team USA roster for the Games in Beijing. Dobson qualified for his first-ever Team USA World Championships roster with his runner-up finish in the 5,000m at the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships in Carson, Calif., where he established a new personal time of 13:15.33. A nine-time All-American while at Stanford, Dobson was the runner-up in the 5,000 meters at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships finishing behind Cardinal teammate Ryan Hall. In 2004, Dobson set a school record in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:32.09 at the Payton Jordan U.S. Open. That year he was the runner-up in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional Championships...enjoyed an outstanding prep career at Klamath Union High School ...Finished second in the state in the 1500 and 3000 meters ... A two-time Oregon state cross country champion ... Finished third at the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships in Orlando, Fla. ... His team won two state championship titles ... National Honor Society member...a political science major at Stanford.
2008: 3rd at Olympic Trials in 5,000m (13:29.76)…9th in heat 2 at Olympic Games (14:05.47)…best of 13:29.76
2007: 9th at USA Outdoors (13:45.36)…2nd in 1,500m at Brasschaat (3:39.62)…7th in 3,000m at Sheffield (7:48.03)…5th at 2 miles in London (8:24.98)…1st in 5,000m at Heusden (13:18.87)…best of 13:18.87.
2006: 10th at USA Outdoors 5,000m (13:43.08)…4th at adidas Classic (8:25.86)…3rd at 2 miles in Carson, Calif. (8:25.26)…13th at Hengelo (28:17.49)…bests of 13:43.08, 8:25.86, 28:17.49.
2005: 2nd in 5,000m at USA Outdoors (13:15.33PR)10th in opening round at World Outdoor Championships (13:2716)2nd at NCAA Outdoor Champs 5,000m (13:22.54)ranked #6 in U.S. byT&FNbest of 13:15.33.
2004: 2nd at Pac 10 Outdoors steeple3rd at NCAA Outdoor steeple9th in opening round at Olympic Trials (8:40.08)bests of 8:32.09, 13:40.91i, 28:15.66
2003: 6th at USA Outdoors 10,000m (28:20.51)5th at NCAA Outdoor 10,000m (28:32.33)Pac 10 steeple champ (8:50.83)5th at Pac 10 at 5000m...ranked #9 U.S. at 10,000m by T&FNbests of 28:20.51, 13:52,29i, 8:50.83
2002: 3rd at Pac 10 3000m steeplechase9th at Pac 10 5,000mbests of 9:03.06, 14:07.94i
2001: USA Junior 5,000m champ (14:39.37)bests of 14:39.37, 29:06.41.