May 26, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Brendan Johnson of American University finished 35th in the men's 10,000-meter run late Thursday at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds hosted by the University of North Florida.
Johnson, a junior from Waldorf, Md., ran 31:05.55. He came into the event with the 40th-best mark among those in the field.
The top 12 finishers advanced to the NCAA National Championships, to be held June 8 to 11 in Eugene, Ore.
"It didn't go quite as well as we'd hoped," said AU head coach Matt Centrowitz. "But this was his first time at regionals.
"After his race at the Raleigh Relays (a career-best 29:41 in March), we've had an outdoor season with some very positive experiences. Overall, it's been a great year for him."
Amon Terer of Campbell won the East Prelim 10K in 30:03. The 12th-place finisher Thursday was Philo Germano of Syracuse, who ran 30:06.
"We're now talking about the adjustments we want to make in training that will make him stronger and to get ready to help him have a great senior year," said Centrowitz. "We'll be ready for to have a good cross country season in the fall."
Johnson won the 10K at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships in early May. He also placed third in the 5,000 at that meet and was voted the PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's outdoor track.