Friday's NCAA Championships didn't go as hoped for Colorado distance specialist Zach Perrin.

After finishing 11th in the 5,000-meter run last season, and being seeded ninth in the event in Friday's title heat, the senior finished 19th in a field of 24 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Stanford senior Sean McGorty won the event in 13 minutes, 54.81 seconds.

Perrin's time of 14 minutes, 16.56 seconds was well beyond his 13:50.83 mark at the NCAA preliminaries more than a week ago and further behind his 13:37.06 personal best.

The CU standout, though, ends his collegiate career knowing he was the only representative from the men's team at this year's finals—something he can add to resume that includes placing eighth in the 1,500-meter run at the Pac-12 finals in 2016. He also qualified for the NCAA West preliminaries in that event in 2015.

Perrin, however, shifted his focus to the 5K last year, when he won a league title while also finishing eighth in the steeplechase. Those accomplishments earned him second team All-American honors.



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