SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Stanford cross country runner Miles Unterreiner's busy Saturday ended with an injured hamstring in the NCAA meet and later learning he hadn't been picked for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship after flying cross-country.
Unterreiner began his day in Louisville, Ky., where he placed 140th in the 6.2-mile race in 31 minutes, 3.2 seconds -- the final collegiate race for Unterreiner. Immediately afterward, Unterreiner flew via private plane to Seattle to interview as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and a spot to study next year at Oxford University in England.
Stanford received an exception from the NCAA for Unterreiner's travel because there were no commercial flights to get him to Seattle in time for the afternoon interviews.
"It was a terrific experience," said Unterreiner, who turns 23 later this month. "All the other finalists were so incredible and it was such an honor having a chance to meet them this weekend. I also pulled my hamstring in the race and didn't run well, so it was a pretty tough weekend."
Unterreiner was in Seattle on Friday for the first round of Rhodes meetings, then flew to Kentucky in time for Saturday's race with the second-ranked Cardinal, who wound up a disappointing 16th in the meet.
Stanford secured the private plane for his trip through private donations. Unterreiner, a fifth-year senior from Gig Harbor, Wash., had chosen to run the race with his teammates when the opportunity to do both presented itself so he could pull off the remarkable feat Saturday.
The race began at 1:15 EST on Saturday, then he had to be in Washington by 4:30 p.m. PST.
Unterreiner earned a bachelor's degree in history with honors this past spring, and is currently working toward his master's. Had he won one of the two Rhodes spots, he planned to study philosophy, politics and economics.