May 30, 2008
WASHINGTON - American University men's track and field junior Carlos Jamieson became the first Eagle to qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 5000 meter run on Friday by placing fourth at the NCAA East Regional Meet held in Tallahassee, Fla.
Jamieson finished fourth in the 5000 with a time of 14:09.56 after entering the race as the 18th seed. Jamieson's time was just slower than his personal best in the event of 14:08.54.
"This is a great breakthrough for Carlos and we are now looking forward to the National Championships," head coach Matt Centrowitz commented. "This is only his second 5k of the year and it is encouraging to see how he has continued to learn and improve throughout the season. The best part about it is that we will have him back to lead our team for another year."
Jamieson's first and only 5000 meter race prior to the regional meet was ran on March 28 at the Adidas Raleigh Relays. At the relays Jamieson placed ninth in 14:08.54, the second-fastest time in school history.
By placing fourth Jamieson becomes the first AU runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the event. Only the top-five finishers in each event at the regional meet earn an appearance at the championships. This will be Jamieson's first appearance at the NCAA Championships.
Jamieson was joined by seniors Brendan Fennell and Steve Hallinan at the NCAA East Regional. Fennell also ran in the 5000 meter and placed 22nd in 14:44.28. Hallinan competed in the 1500 meter prelims on Friday and ran to a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:49.25 in the third heat and failed to qualify for the final heat on Saturday by just two-tenths of a second.
"Our two seniors didn't finish on the highest note but they gave us four great years," Centrowitz said. "I am very proud to have coached them and to have had them play a vital role in bringing our program to the next level."
The NCAA Track and Field Championships will begin on Wednesday, June 11, and will conclude on Saturday, June 14. The championships this year will be hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The 5000 meter national championship is tentatively scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, June 13.