After qualifying to the finals running an efficient 8:41.40 for 4th place in the prelims, Cowart was ready to compete in the finals at the USA Championships held in Eugene Oregon. The race started and Donnie went to the back and waited patiently for the race to unfold. As the race progressed, so did Cowart as he moved up the field. With four laps to go, Donnie was right where he wanted to be sitting in 6th place. With two laps to go, the leaders took off which strung out the field. Cowart maintained place the rest of the way, finishing 6th in 8:39:13. This was an improvement over last year when Donnie placed 9th at the USA championships. Cowart will continue his 2011 campaign in Europe as he travels with fellow RMR athlete Macklin Chaffee. Results and video can be found below.
Video: USATF site