Terer earns First Team All-America honors in men's 5K

Amon Terer (Photo courtesy of Big South Sports)
Amon Terer (Photo courtesy of Big South Sports)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Campbell senior Amon Terer made history once again for the Fighting Camels Friday night at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The Eldoret, Kenya native placed third overall in the men's 5000m at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships to earn First Team All-America honors for CU.

"Wow, that was amazing!" said head coach Michael Kelly immediately following the race. "Amon executed his race perfectly. It's awesome to see how far he has come the last few years, not just with his fitness but with his racing tactics as well. The first thing he said to me afterwards was, 'I want to win outdoors!'"

Terer completed the 5K in 13:47.01 for the second-fastest time in Campbell history. Oregon's Edward Cheserek won his 16th national championship as he finished first with a time of 13:41.20, while Marc Scott of Tulsa ran a mark of 13:43.83 to place second.

The accomplishments keep piling on for the Campbell senior as he becomes just the second All-American in program history. Other achievements for Terer this season include shattering the school records in the men's 3000m and 5000m, capturing three conference titles and being named the Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Year.

Coach Kelly is proud to see his senior distance runner continue this success on a national stage.

"Amon had his choice of schools to attend before committing to Campbell, all of which were very well-established distance programs," Kelly said. "It really means a lot that we're able to show others that athletes at a small school like Campbell can get the job done at the highest level of competition in the NCAA."

Up next, Terer will run in men's 3000m National Championship tomorrow night. That race is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. EST inside the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium and will be streamed live on ESPN3.

"We are super excited for the 3K tomorrow," Kelly said. "There's definitely plenty left in his tank."

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