Terer to represent Campbell at Indoor National Championship

Amon Terer (Jeff Sides photo)
Amon Terer (Jeff Sides photo)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Campbell senior Amon Terer has officially qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field National Championships, the association announced Tuesday night. The Eldoret, Kenya native will represent the Fighting Camels in the men's 3000m and 5000m at the meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas.

In order to qualify, an athlete must rank in the top-16 in the country is his/her respective event. In the men's 5K, Terer finished the season at No. 6 nationally with a Campbell record-breaking time of 13:42.78. He earned that mark at the ISU Classic, winning the men's invite 5K as he raced against some of the NCAA's top talent, including six athletes that will compete at Nationals.

Terer also narrowly qualified in the men's 3K, as his 16th-seeded mark of 7:54.40 edged the next closest competitor by a mere .08 seconds. That mark was converted down due to track size from a program record time of 7:59.92, set at the Camel City Elite Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. Terer was invited to compete in that meet among some of the country's premier amateur and professional athletes, including Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo.

Terer will be just the second athlete in program history to qualify for Indoor Nationals. High jumper Eric Bergemann, who holds the program's indoor record for that event with a mark of 2.17m, reached the national championships in 2003 and earned All-America honors for Campbell.

In addition to his national rankings, Terer currently ranks first in the NCAA Southeast Region in the men's 3K and 5K. Most recently, he was selected as the Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Year after earning gold medals in the men's 3000m, 5000m and distance medley relay at the 2017 Big South Indoor Championships.

The men's 5000m national championship is scheduled for Friday, March 10 at 9:20 p.m. EST, while the men's 3000m national championship is set for Saturday, March 11 at 7:15 p.m. EST. The events will be streamed live on ESPN3, with a subscription required. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.