EUGENE, Ore. -- Campbell Track & Field distance running standout Amon Terer took home First Team All-America honors Friday night at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. The Eldoret, Kenya native ended his Campbell career placing fifth overall in the men's 5,000m final with a time of 14:36.78 at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field.
"It's the third outdoor championship in a row where Campbell has made its presence known on the big stage, and I love it," said head coach Michael Kelly. "You usually never want to lead a championship race from the beginning, so I was a little worried at first, but Amon hit the brakes and let it go really slow, which is much safer than trying to crank out a fast time early on. The last six weeks or so, we were really training for a tactical race like this, doing much shorter and faster workouts than usual. It really paid off."
This marks the end of Terer's prolific collegiate career. Now a six-time NCAA All-American, he will undoubtedly go down as one of the most nationally decorated Campbell student-athletes of all time.
Amon Terer earned First Team All-America honors in the Men's 5K at the NCAA Nationals in Eugene, Oregon. Follow @GoCamelsRun for the latest updates.
"Amon has matured so much as an athlete over these last four years," Kelly said. "Each year he has gotten better and better, not just with his fitness but the way he handles himself during a race. Tonight was a true test of racing tactics and he definitely came out on top. There are very few runners in the country who were able to pull off an All-American honor in cross, indoor, and outdoor. Just a fantastic way to end his senior year."
Terer's track career comes to a close with three all-time Campbell records to his name (Indoor 3K, Indoor 5K, Outdoor 10K), 12 Big South Titles, 17 All-Big South Performances and two NCAA East Regional first-place finishes. This past fall, Terer captured the Big South Cross Country Individual Championship and became one of the first cross country All-Americans in program history alongside Lawrence Kipkoech.
"I hate to see Amon leave us, but I know he is going to have an amazing professional career as a runner," Kelly said. "He will be a tough one to replace, but I know a few guys back in Buies Creek that are ready for the challenge."
This marks the end of Campbell's outdoor track & field season. The Camels will return this fall for cross country, with that schedule set to be announced in the coming months. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.