May 19, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brendan Johnson of American University has earned a berth to the East Region Preliminary Rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the NCAA announced on Thursday.
Johnson, a junior from Waldorf, Md., will compete in the men's 10,000-meter run on Thursday, May 26 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
His qualifying time of 29:41.51 came in late March at the Raleigh Relays and was 40th among the 48 competitors invited to the East Prelims.
The top 12 finishers in Jacksonville and at the West Prelims to be held at the same time in Lawrence, Kan., advance to the national finals in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday, June 8.
Johnson was the Patriot League individual champion in the 10,000 earlier this month. He also was voted the PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's outdoor track and field, and was a member of the Academic All-PL Team.
His time is second all-time at AU, ranking behind only Mark Leininger's 29:30.97 set in 2013. Johnson also holds a top-10 mark all-time in the 5,000-meter run.
Johnson becomes the second Eagle in as many years to earn a berth at the NCAA East Prelims. Joshua Ellis was 27th in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at last year's meet.