CHARLESTON, S.C. – Due to weather concerns in the Tampa, Fla. area over the weekend, a majority of the event start times have shifted for the 2018 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round on May 24-26.
The men's 5000m race start time has not adjusted for CSU freshman Fearghal Curtin as he will take on the field of 48 on Saturday evening at 8:05 p.m. at the USF Track & Field Stadium. The Cork, Ireland native turned in the 25th-fastest time in the men's 5000m race in the 2018 season to earn one of 48 spots in the event.
Curtin is one of three Big South athletes competing in the event joining Campbell sophomore Amon Kemboi and Campbell junior Lawrence Kipkoech. The trio took three of the top four spots in the event at the 2018 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in High Point, N.C.
Curtin turned in his best time of the season at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. over the March 29-31 weekend. He finished second overall in the event with a time of 14:02.88.
Curtin continued his spring campaign finishing third overall in the men's 1500m race and fourth in the men's 5000m race at the Big South Outdoor Championships held in High Point, N.C. to propel him into the event.
For the first time in meet history, the 2018 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round will be hosted at the USF Track & Field Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The three-day meet, which will determine the qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, will begin May 24 at 11:30 a.m. with the men's hammer.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be contested June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore. The meet will serve as the final competition at Hayward Field before the facility is rebuilt in preparation for the 2021 IAAF World Championships.
Twelve qualifiers in each event will also advance to Eugene from the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round meet, slated for next week in Sacramento, Calif.